While teaching American humor to a gregarious and absurdly out-of-touch foreign journalist, Pat Haggerty realized something was off — who WAS this guy? Haggerty, a public speaking coach from Washington, D. Last year, Haggerty agreed to be filmed for what he thought was a benign documentary on his client's journey across America. As cameras rolled, his client told raunchy stories in garbled English and laughed heartily at the expense of handicapped people. Confused, he ended up playing along. He later figured out — thanks to his son, an HBO-watching college student — that he'd been duped. You know, good for him. I'm just sorry that he had to do it in such a way that he allowed people to make jerks out of themselves exposing their character flaws. Two of Cohen's targets — fraternity boys who made drunken, insulting comments about women and minorities — are suing 20th Century Fox and three production companies. The lawsuit claims that a production crew took the students to a bar to "loosen up" before participating in what they were told would be a documentary to be shown outside of the United States, and that they signed waivers after drinking heavily.
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Sacha Baron Cohen's award-winning film premiered 10 years ago today.
The outrageous antics of Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh journalist have attracted a lawsuit from two fraternity boys featured in the film, as well as legal threats from a Turkish man. Studio Twentieth Century Fox has dismissed the merits of a case filed this week by two college students from a South Carolina university, who allege that they were duped into appearing in a "humiliating" skit in the film. The students claim the film's producers found them in their frat house and loosened them up with alcohol before getting them to sign an agreement to take part in a documentary-style film that would only air in Europe.
Baron Cohen stars as Borat Sagdiyev , a fictitious Kazakh journalist who travels through the United States to make a documentary which features real-life interactions with Americans. Much of the film features unscripted vignettes of Borat interviewing and interacting with real-life Americans who believe he is a foreigner with little or no understanding of American customs. Controversy surrounded the film from two years prior to its release, and after the film's release, some cast members spoke against, and even sued its creators. It was banned in almost all Arab countries, and the governments of Russia and Kazakhstan discouraged cinemas from showing it. It was released on DVD in March He leaves behind his wife Oksana and other inhabitants of his village. His companions are his producer Azamat Bagatov and a pet chicken. While interviewing and mocking a panel of feminists , he learns of the actress's name and her residence in California. Borat is initially reluctant to pursue Pamela, because Oksana has threatened to attack him if he cheats on her.