“I brought Borat out because of Trump,” Baron Cohen told the outlet, speaking about his decision to reprise the character after so many years. “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.”Baron Cohen revealed that he hadn’t planned to make a sequel to the first movie as he had “vowed never to make another undercover movie again” in the wake of his 2009 mockumentary Brüno because of how much it had impacted his real life, though he ultimately reversed that decision and decided to bring the character back for another outing last year.
“After Bruno, I was fairly traumatized. For about six months afterwards whenever I heard a police siren, I would start to get tense, because I’d been chased by the police so much. I vowed never to make another undercover movie again,” Baron Cohen revealed, before delving into his reasons for making the Borat sequel.
“I felt democracy was in peril, I felt people’s lives were in peril and I felt compelled to finish the movie,” he explained, discussing the relevancy of 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.”With many movie theaters remaining closed or operating a severely limited moviegoer capacity, Baron Cohen felt that the best option was to release the film digitally for as many people as possible to watch it before the US Presidential election in November, so he struck a distribution deal with Amazon Studios to allow the tech giant to release the movie exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in October.
In our review of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, we commended the sequel for managing to be “funny and relevant” all these years later. In particular, we praised Maria Bakalova’s performance, saying she was “every bit Sacha Baron Cohen’s on-screen equal” in the movie’s “avalanche of awkward, anxiety-cranking moments that’ll have you laughing while watching through your fingers like you would a horror movie.”
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.