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How Trump Forced Sacha Baron Cohen Back ‘Undercover’

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04.06.2019

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After the movie Brüno was released in 2009, Sacha Baron Cohen made a vow, both to himself and to his wife, actress Isla Fisher. “I vowed never to make this kind of comedy again,” he tells me. “Because it had become so dangerous.”

By “this kind of comedy,” Baron Cohen is referring to the type of outrageous, reality-based stunts he pioneered on Da Ali G Show and perfected in the Oscar-nominated film version of Borat. On this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast, he explains what prompted him to break his vow for Showtime’s Who Is America?, which premiered last summer and managed to dominate the headlines for weeks.

“There were a bunch of scenes where I was lucky to get away without getting really badly injured,” Baron Cohen says of his experience on Brüno. “And you get addicted to it at the time but at the end it seemed like an idiotic way to make a living. So I vowed never to do that type of comedy again.”

“And then something happened,” he continues. “A guy called Donald Trump—I don’t know if you’ve heard of him—got into office.”

As he explains, it was actually the Muslim travel ban Trump attempted to institute just one week after his inauguration that made Baron Cohen jump into action. “I was like, OK, I am very, very angry and I have to do something about this,” he said. “And the only thing I knew how to do was to go undercover........

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