Sacha Baron Cohen won’t return as Borat: ‘He’s locked away in cupboard’

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has said that he won’t be returning to play his fan-favourite role of Borat in future movies. Cohen first portrayed Borat Sagdiyev, a gangly, gray-suited journalist working for Kazakhstan’s state-run TV network, in the 2006 movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

He recently came out with its sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which was released on Amazon Prime Video ahead of the US presidential election in November.

During an interview with Variety, Sacha Baron Cohen said he made Borat 2 because he “felt democracy was in peril” due to Donald Trump’s presidency.

“I felt democracy was in peril, I felt people’s lives were in peril and I felt compelled to finish the movie. The movie was originally about the danger of Trump and Trumpism.

“What coronavirus demonstrated was that there’s a lethal effect to his spreading of lies and conspiracy theories. I don’t want to egotistically imply that people would watch Borat and not vote for Trump, but that was the aim,” Cohen said.

With Joe Biden set to become the next US President after he won 306 Electoral College votes against Donald Trump, who only managed 232, Sacha Baron Cohen said it is time for him to say goodbye to Borat.

“I brought Borat out because of Trump. There was a purpose to this movie, and I don’t really see the purpose to doing it again. So yeah, he’s locked away in the cupboard,” the actor said.

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