How Borat does it
by Adam Finley, posted Oct 12th 2006 11:57AM
If you've never seen Sacha Baron Cohen's character Borat in action, I'll direct you to this recent post, or, just go to YouTube and type in "Borat" and enjoy the hilarity. The character, an out-of-his-element news reporter from Kazakhstan, was part of Cohen's Da Ali G Show and is the center of the upcoming movie Borat: Culture Leanings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. If you're wondering how Cohen and his team get normal people to appear on his show, and, more impressively, get them to sign releases allowing themselves to be seen on television, Devin Gordon of Newsweek spoke with some of the people who were duped by Cohen/Borat. Some of them found it funny, others not so much. While I'm not always the biggest fan of mining humor by accosting unsuspecting people on camera, I find Borat absolutely hysterical. I think part of his secret is acting as if he has no idea that anything he's doing or saying is wrong.