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He's baaaaack! Sacha Baron Cohen's character Bruno took advantage of pre-election frenzy this weekend in California and attempted to crash a "Yes on Prop 8" rally in Los Angeles. The actor, who notably played a Kazakh the last time he was ambushing Americans, was in deep cover as gay Austrian fashionista Bruno until, when recognized, he and his camera crew tried to sneak away without being caught.
Bruno's exploits aren't quite as funny in light of the results in from the Proposition 8 vote, which according to current returns demonstrates that the electorate has passed the ban. This would mean that celebs like Ellen DeGeneras and Portia de Rossi, who married in May after the California Supreme Court struck down an earlier marriage-related proposition, would see their new unions invalidated--possibly within the year.
But with some 4 million provisional and absentee ballots yet to be counted, opponents of Prop 8 are still holding out hope.
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When comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" exposed the foibles of Americans everywhere, a few people weren't laughing, triggering a wave of lawsuits from people who participated in the film and didn't know they were being mocked. Well, guess what, suckers! You signed the release!
New York judge Loretta Preska, Jaunted hero, threw out lawsuits from the film's eternally patient driving instructor (above) and unnaturally sweet etiquette coaches, citing the agreements they signed to appear in the film.
It's perfect timing for Baron Cohen as he completes shooting on his next "character" film, next year's "Bruno" in which he plays a gay Austrian fashionista. Humor teacher, drunk frat boys and Pam Anderson beware!
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Wherever there is a publicity-hungry expert, Bruno is there! Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen wreaked havoc earlier this year at a Kansas airport in character as a gay Austrian fashionista, his follow-up to Borat. Recently, an Israeli defense expert was taken in by the comedian's wiles.
Yossi Alpher thought he was conducting an interview on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, he was interrogated about the terrorist potential of hummus and Brad Pitt's love life. Apparently someone hasn't been to the movies recently!
What we want to know is whether this movie--allegedly titled "Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt"--do for tourism in Austria what "Borat" did for Kazakhstan?
Looks like Sacha Baron Cohen isn't done turning fictionalizing countries into pop culture tourist destinations. His rumored new film, "Bruno", will depict "a gay, stupid, self-centered and Nazi-adoring Austrian, lifestyle journalist."
Apparently the Austrian press has been debating whether the possible hosting of Cohen will shatter Austria's travel image, which has been heavily shaped by billions of dollars in Austrian tourism promotion over the last couple of years. You can check out their crafted image here. At least one group wants to ban the gay Borat clone:
Sources in the film industry say the character will juxtapose the Austrians' relationship towards homosexuals alongside that of foreigners. In one of the scenes, Bruno will suggest sending singer Ricky Martin to a ghetto and actor Burt Reynolds to Auschwitz when he comes to power.
Hm. We say let the faux hawk film in Austria, though either way, this time around it is going to be really tough to dupe enough people to create the kind of comedy Cohen craves. Of course we will follow this closely, so tip us off if you have info.
The Alliance for the Future of Austria, is preparing a bill proposing that Borat will be banned from shooting the film. Baron has continually been granting interviews as part of the public relations drive for the movie.
Our favorite Bruno clip ever post jump.