Who is Mikhael Pence? The Borat sequel’s working title has unveiled a name-drop, so let’s get this very lengthy title explained.
The year 2006 was arguably one of the best this century has seen so far in terms of cinematic output.
It gave us Casino Royale, Children of Men, The Departed, and of course, Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
And you think that’s an odd title!
Directed by Larry Charles and starring Sacha Baron Cohen as the titular Kazakh journalist, we follow him as he ventures to America to prank an unsuspecting array of professionals and members of the public.
The film became an instantly iconic global phenomenon and many viewers were left howling in laughter thanks to the crew’s passion for gaging authentic reactions from the film’s subjects.
Sacha and Larry have gone on to collaborate on the likes of Brüno and The Dictator since, but now, Borat is set to return in a sequel.
The majority of fans never anticipated a sequel; or, rather, one that didn’t take a stricter and more heavily scripted approach. After all, who wouldn’t recognise Borat now?
Nevertheless, it’s in the works…
Borat 2: Sequel title?
As highlighted by the Daily Mail, the working title for the Borat sequel was listed on the Writers Guild of America website. However, it has since been deleted.
The full title reads: Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan
It’s quite a mouthful, but then again, it does have quite the resemblance to the original film’s full title.
So, let’s explore!
Who is Mikhael Pence? Rumoured Borat sequel title explained
- Mikhael Pence is a likely reference to Mike Pence, the 48th and current vice president of the United States.
While there’s no way to be certain of Mike Pence’s relevance to the Borat sequel, the title does leave us with something to chew over.
By including “Mikhael Pence”, it’s likely that the film will attempt to target and ridicule him.
Again, by referring to him as “Mikhael” rather than “Mike” or “Michael”, perhaps the filmmakers are trying to connote ties to or a relationship with Russia. This would explain the “Vice Premiere” title, rather than “Vice President.”
On the other hand, the misspelling and wrong terminology could also stem from Borat’s misreading of Mike’s name and status, potentially to become a running gag throughout the film.
As for the “Pornographic Monkey”, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Fans simply can’t wait!
Considering most fans thought they’d never see the day that Sacha rolled out another Borat film, it’s no surprise to see that the buzz is building.
Many have headed to Twitter to express their excitement (and confusion) already.
Check out a selection of tweets: