I enjoyed Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat, and thank the deity of your choice that there will be no tired, unoriginal money grab masquerading as a sequel.
Yes, we all know about all the failed lawsuits from the unsuspecting players in the Borat film, but it seems that someone finally got over on Cohen himself - thanks to a nice find by DEADSPIN’s Will Leitch.
Wladimir Klitschko, who was born in Kazakhstan, recently (playfully) confronted Cohen outside an L.A. restaurant about the actor’s portrayal of his originating nation. Cohen did not take it well, at least at first:
According to The Daily Star, Klitschko said: “As he walked past me I turned to face him and said, ‘Hey, I think you are an arsehole for what you said about Kazakhstan’. Unbelievably, he started to defend himself – but before he could continue I stood up and was towering over him. I said, ‘I have broken people’s necks for less than what you have done.’”
“He looked frightened – like he had picked a fight with the wrong man. And then I owned up and told him I really think his Borat character is amazing. He looked pretty relieved!”
Someone, somewhere, in an RV in South Carolina, can finally smile through their beer-borne tears.