Sacha Baron Cohen Announces "Deaths" of Borat, Ali G
Jagshemash!Sacha Baron Cohen.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph last Friday, Cohen announced the "deaths" of his most well-known characters, the cheerfully anti-Semitic Borat and the abrasive, tracksuit-wearing reporter Ali G. Variety has partially reprinted the interview, including the following quote:
"When I was being Ali G and Borat I was in character sometimes 14 hours a day and I came to love them, so admitting I am never going to play them again is quite a sad thing.
"It is like saying goodbye to a loved one. It is hard, and the problem with success, although it's fantastic, is that every new person who sees the Borat movie is one less person I 'get' with Borat again, so it's a kind of self-defeating form, really."
After debuting the character on Da Ali G Show, which reached American televisions via HBO, Cohen made Borat the star of 2006's Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, which quickly became one of the year's top comedies (it remains at 91 percent on the Tomatometer).
Cohen is currently working on another film based around one of his characters, Bruno, and can currently be seen in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd.