According to Sacha Baron Cohen, the iconic Kazakhstani journalist, Borat will…naht…be returning in a third film installment.
Sacha Baron Cohen stated to Variety in n interview that the return of Borat had a “purpose” and now that that purpose has been served, Baron Cohen doesn’t see a point in a Borat 3. “I brought Borat out because of Trump,” said the Borat actor. “There was a purpose to this movie, and I don’t really see the purpose to doing it again. So yeah, he’s locked away in the cupboard.”
Sacha Baron Cohen also stated the reason for Borat’s return following the character’s 14-year hiatus. In light of the turbulent political state of the U.S. alongside the Coronavirus pandemic, many media projects were brought to a halt as of March 2020. That being the case Sacha Baron Cohen believed the underlying message of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” was more important than ever. “I felt democracy was in peril, I felt people’s lives were in peril and I felt compelled to finish the movie,” explained Cohen. “The movie was originally about the danger of Trump and Trumpism. What coronavirus demonstrated was that there’s a lethal effect to his spreading of lies and conspiracy theories.”
Sacha Baron Cohen also said that, considering his goal was to have the movie released prior to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, he made the decision to sell the movie to streaming services based on the fact that the theaters were all closed. “I don’t want to egotistically imply that people would watch ‘Borat’ and not vote for Trump, but that was the aim,” he said.
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