‘Borat’ unleashed on Sydney
VIDEO: Borat storms Sydney
In a carefully stage-managed press call, Khazakstan’s “second most successful journalist” this morning visited the Opera House, where he was greeted by a large media pack and dozens of curious tourists and onlookers.
He even paused to meet with an Indian tourist, where the two men compared moustaches and posed amid dozens of cameramen and photographers.
The ‘Borat’ show continued inside, where he held court and answered pre-determined questions as submitted by the media weeks ago.
The result was an amusing but highly scripted and carefully stage-managed event, complete with subtle auto-cue lecterns normally used by politicians, to ensure the comedian wouldn’t fluff his lines.
There, he responded to questions about the subversive nature of the humour in his film in his own inimitable ‘Borat’ manner.
“I hope to receive Oscar for best anti-Jewish film, although there is very stiff competition from your Melvin Gibson,” he said.
“I would like to say that we in Kazakhstan fully support the statement given of Mr Gibson when he say that the Jews started all the wars.
“We also have proof that it was the Jew that were responsible for the end of the dinosaur period.
The film Borat: cultural learnings of America for make benefit glorious nation of Khazakstan has opened to rave reviews and big box office returns overseas, despite its sometimes offensive and ironic anti-Semitic and misogynistic humour.
However what was not on the agenda at today’s press conference was the growing list of potential lawsuits circling the film.
Two college students are threatening to sue Cohen after claiming they were duped into appearing in the film and told it would not be shown overseas.
Meanwhile villagers in the Romanian town of Glod – which masqueraded as Borat’s home town in Khazakhstan – claim they were also kept in the dark and have been made fools of in the final cut of the movie.
The unscripted nature of the film and its dealings with unsuspecting and often unwilling stars also landed the small eight-man crew in hot water.
The FBI followed the crew around several areas amid suspicions they were terrorists, while Louisiana state troopers questioned the so-called Khazak filmmakers – with Cohen remaining in character the entire time.