Sacha Baron Cohen said he wore a 56-inch fat suit as part of the Donald Trump disguise, which he used to sneak into a Mike Pence speech at a CPAC rally earlier this year while filming a scene in the new Borat film sequel.
Cohen said one of the concerns surrounding the film of the stunt at the event was ‘How do I get in and how do I get out?’
He told the New York Times that incident security had been in place to ‘control everyone’s bodies through.’
‘Remember, I spent five hours in makeup that morning with the prosthetic team changing my face to Trump’s face,’ Cohen remarked. ‘This cool suit is huge. It̵
Sacha Baron Cohen (in Trump costume) filmed a scene during a Mike Pence speech for his upcoming Borat film at a CPAC rally in Maryland in February
Cohen (in Trump costume) said he wore a 56-inch fat suit and prosthesis and was worried about getting in and out of the event because of all the security there
A still image from the Borat film sequel shows Cohen (in a Trump costume, in the middle) running through the rally location with an actress over his shoulder
Another still image from the film shows Cohen (as Borat) assembling his Trump costume
At one point, when the security guard’s metal detector rod began to beep, Cohen was forced to ad lib to be the defibrillator that turned off the device.
It was apparently a convincing excuse because Cohen was then able to hide in the bathroom and listen to conservative men go to the bathroom for five hours until I broke into the room. We were surrounded by intelligence and police and internal security, ‘he said.
Although Cohen did not reveal details of what happened after he ‘broke into the room’, photographers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, captured the stunt in action on February 27th.
News reports at the time quoted local police as saying that a Trump imitator had interrupted Pence’s speech approx. 10 minutes after it started and the person was then escorted from the scene. No charges were filed against him.
Cohen has started using his celebrity status to talk about political issues for the first time because ‘democracy is in danger this year’
In the photos from the event, Cohen – in Trump’s face – can be seen gesturing with a disappointing woman in torn stockings thrown over one shoulder.
The New York Times revealed that the woman was an actress who played Cohen’s Borat character daughter. She was supposed to be a gift from journalist Borats Kazakhstan’s home country to ‘deputy premier’ Mike Pence.
In the film’s recently released trailer, Cohen can be seen running through the crowded rally lobby with the actress on his shoulder, and then while standing among the audience, he shouts ‘Michael Pen-ice, I brought a girl to you!’ while gesturing at his ‘daughter’.
Cohen told the New York Times that it was imperative for him that the film – titled Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – be released before the 2020 presidential election.
It was necessary, he said, because ‘we wanted it to be a reminder to women who they are voting for – or who they are not voting for. If you are a woman and do not vote against this guy, then know what you are doing for your gender. ‘
While looking for a home for the film, he said that streaming services that he hit were concerned about the political content shown in the film and the idea that it should be released before the election.
Amazon Video eventually purchased the film and premieres on October 23rd.
Cohen, an English comedian living in Los Angeles with actress wife Isla Fisher and their children, said he has seen how American society has changed since he shot the original Borat film 15 years ago.
“In 2005, you needed a character like Borat who was misogynistic, racist, anti-Semitic to get people to expose their inner prejudices,” Cohen told the New York Times. ‘Now these inner prejudices are obvious. Racists are proud to be racists. ‘
When the president is ‘an outspoken racist, an outspoken fascist,’ Cohen remarked, ‘it also allows the rest of society to change their dialogue.’
Despite this observation, Cohen – who is an observant Jew – said that the purpose of the Borat successor was ‘not to expose racism and anti-Semitism.’
Cohen (just like Ali G) said he had a ‘long-standing disgust’ for Trump, prompting him to interview him during a 2003 episode (pictured) of the Da Ali G Show on HBO
Cohen, who lives with his wife Isla Fisher (pictured together) in Los Angeles, said he has seen a change in American society since filming the first Borat film in 2005.
Instead, he said: ‘The goal is to make people laugh, but we reveal the dangerous slide to authoritarianism.’
Cohen said he had a ‘long-standing disgust’ for Trump, which was an Ali G Show ploy with Trump back in 2003.
In that clip from the HBO series, Cohen – like his Ali G alter ego – slapped then-businessman Trump on a glove to eat ice cream that would prevent hands from becoming sticky. Under the pitch, Trump walks out of space.
After the incident, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said Trump told her he thought Cohen – like Ali G – was severely delayed. It was a total con job. But my daughter Ivanka saw it and thought it was very cool. ‘
Cohen said the reason he wanted to interview Trump as Ali G was because ” I have openly realized that I have had a long disgust for the president. ‘
About Trump, Cohen said: ‘His brilliance was to order the term used against him,’ fake news ‘, and use it against any journalist who had journalistic integrity.’
The comedian also wondered what would happen if Trump were to be re-elected – would America ‘become a democracy by name only, similar to a Turkish democracy or a Russian democracy?’
Although it does not appear that Cohen and Trump have crossed paths since the filming in 2003, Trump had plenty to say about Cohen after the premiere of The Dictator, which featured a ploy in which Cohen spilled flour – allegedly the ashes of North Korea’s Kim Jong-il – about Ryan Seacrest at the 2012 Oscars.
In a YouTube video and on Twitter, Trump said the Seacrest security guard should have ‘slapped’ and ‘slapped’ Cohen ‘in the face so many times he would not have known what happened.’
He also said Cohen should have settled in the hospital over the incident.
Trump’s tirade apparently reminded Cohen of what his father had said about Trump when he ran for president in 2016.
‘I remember my late father seeing Trump on the campaign trail in 2016. I said,’ What do you think of him? ‘ He said, ‘Two things. He is extremely entertaining. Far more entertaining than Hillary. Two, he is a fascist, ”Cohen recalled.
“My father was born in 1932. He had seen fascists on the streets, Mosley’s black shirts beat Jews. And he knew what fascism was. ‘
Although Cohen had long been known as a celebrity who refused to be political, that changed in the wake of the August 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a counter-protester was killed.
After the rally, Cohen said he got in touch with the director of the Anti-Defamation League, who then convinced him to give the keynote address at the 2019 ADL summit, Never Is Now.
Cohen – who is now part of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign – said speaking at the event was’ completely out of my comfort zone ‘, adding that he’ has always been careful about using my fame to push any political stance. ‘
‘It was the first time I ever gave a big speech with my own voice, but I felt I had to ring the alarm bell and say that democracy is in danger this year,’ Cohen told the New York Times about his decision to hold the speech.
‘I felt like even if it would ruin my career and people would come up on me and say,’ Just shut up, the last thing we need is another celebrity telling us what to do ‘- I understand fully people there – I felt I had to do it to live with myself. ‘