Sacha Baron Cohen said he was 'fortunate to make it out in one piece' after inciting a riot at a far-right rally while making 'Borat 2'
Sacha Baron Cohen said he feared for his life while filming the sequel to "Borat". Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic
In a comment for Time Magazine, Cohen wrote that he was "fortunate enough to make it in one piece" after a right-wing rally he infiltrated turned sour during the filming of "Borat 2".
In July, Cohen attended a gun rights rally in disguise and got people chanting that they were Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci wanted to infect with COVID-19.
The rally became a riot, however, and Cohen wrote that the "angry crowd" "banged their fists on his vehicle" describing "some people outside with semi-automatic weapons".
"Borat 2" will be released on October 23 on Amazon Prime.
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In a recent article for Time Magazine, Sacha Baron Cohen described a gun rights rally that went wrong while filming "Borat 2" and said he was "lucky enough to do it in one piece".
In July, Cohen attended a disguised gun rights rally and got the far-right crowd singing that they were Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci wanted to infect with COVID-19. Cohen got the crowd to sing "Obama, what are we going to do? Inject him the Wuhan flu" while another part of the song suggested that the Chinese were making the coronavirus "in a sushi factory."
However, when crowd members and organizers realized they were being betrayed, Cohen said they stormed the stage and chased after him as he fled.
In his statement, Cohen wrote, "I rushed to a nearby getaway vehicle. An angry crowd blocked our way and hit the vehicle with their fists," Cohen said.
"I wore a bulletproof vest under my overalls, but it felt inappropriate for some people outside to carry semi-automatic weapons. When someone opened the door to pull me out, I used all of my body weight to close the door until ours Vehicle maneuvered freely.
Cohen continued, "I was lucky enough to find out in one piece. The next few weeks will determine if America is so lucky."
Cohen wrote extensively about the upcoming US elections in Time op-ed, saying that moments like the above were "scary" but that he was "really afraid for the very survival of democracy itself" in the coming weeks.
For the stunt, Cohen had posed as chairman of the political action committee and offered to finance the right-wing extremist event and to add a new band to the daily schedule.
The stunt was originally intended for part of his TV show "Who is America", but here Cohen says it was done while he was making his sequel to "Borat", the full title of which is "Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivering amazing bribes to the American regime to support the once glorious nation of Kazakhstan. "
The film will be released on Amazon Prime on October 23 prior to the US election. The first film earned Cohen and his cowriters an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Cohen is slated for another good awards season this year with this highly anticipated sequel to "Borat" and a starring role in Aaron Sorkin's Netflix courtroom drama "The Trial of the Chicago Seven," which features Cohen's best performance yet.
Netflix's The Trial of the Chicago 7 is an Oscar-worthy drama starring Sacha Baron Cohen's all-time best performance
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