Celebrities are on high alert after Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversial character Borat was resurrected.
The British prankster was spotted driving a pick-up truck near a McDonald’s in America signalling Cohen is ready to resurrect his fictional Kazakh journalist alter ego.
A Twitter user shared the footage of Cohen filming saying: ‘Just saw a live shooting of Borat driving some yellow hooptie truck in my hood!’
Cohen, 48, had vowed never to bring back the character as he was now too recognisable to trick people, after he proposed to Pamela Anderson in the original 2006 film before trying to kidnap her.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was also the movie that made the mankini famous forever and was later banned across many countries.
The fresh sighting of Cohen comes after he tried to trick former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for an interview before Donald Trump’s ally called the police on him last month.
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Giuliani, 76, had attended a set-up interview in Manhattan, which he believed would be a discussion on NYC’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Although, Giuliani later revealed to Page Six things had fallen off course when his interviewer arrived in a pink bikini.
‘It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive,’ Giuliani explained.
‘This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down, so I reported it to the police. I only later realised it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen.’
Reports claim no arrests were made at the incident, with the interviewer, allegedly Cohen, running off before the police arrived.
Prankster Cohen is said to be filming a new series of his controversial show, Who Is America, which saw him convince government officials to back a gun initiative for kids aged three.
In the ad, that aired on the show in 2018, guns looked like fluffy animals and it told kids watching to aim for ‘heads, shoulder, not the toes’.
The show comes 12 years after Borat first hit the big screen, after Cohen decided to explore new avenues and ditch his alter-ego, after claiming he’d become ‘too recognisable’.
Speaking to Deadline in 2012, Cohen said: ‘When you make a movie like [Borat], you want to make sure that the people you’re interviewing are deserving targets, so, you don’t just want to interview some doorman at a hotel.
‘You want to interview the incredibly wealthy guests at the penthouse, high-ranking politicians or people who are threatening. The problem is, it is definitely challenging, especially now with Twitter and Facebook. It’s very, very hard to get away with.’
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