Sacha Baron Cohen is drawing the world of Borat to a close and has confirmed that the character will never return. The news comes shortly after Cohen caused an international storm with the release of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the second feature film.
In a project which began in 2006 with the original mockumentary comedy film, Sacha Baron Cohen’s character of a satirical Kazakh television journalist remains his most commercially successful creation and the release of his most recent movie cemented its legacy.
Given the success, fans have been discussing the potential of a new follow-up. Now though, after being drawn into a conversation about the future of Borat, Cohen has officially put an end to the project, stating: “He’s locked away in the cupboard.
“I brought Borat out because of Trump,” he added in the interview with Variety. “There was a purpose to this movie, and I don’t really see the purpose to doing it again.”
In the most recent film, Cohen famously introduced Maria Bakalova in the role of his daughter, Tutar, and targeted Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence during the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 presidential election.
In one of the most infamous and controversial scenes in the film, Bakalova poses as a journalist tasked with interviewing Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. What follows is a desperately awkward exchange in a hotel room amid suggestive behaviour which hit headlines worldwide. “There were moments in making this movie where I thought, why the hell am I doing this?” Cohen said of moments during the recent film.
“This is illogical. You think, am I mad? Have I got something deeply wrong with me?” he added.