How much of Borat 2 is unscripted? How much is real? Let’s consider what makes the sequel such an exciting piece of work.
Which films most deserve a sequel?
Everybody has a handful of films they’d love to see followed up and a chance to reacquaint ourselves with some favourite characters isn’t an opportunity to be sniffed at.
From District 9 to Dazed and Confused, there are some popular choices you often see bounced around.
However, the dreams of many came true when a sequel to the 2006 comedy Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was announced earlier this year.
Sacha Baron Cohen returns to reprise the titular role and the 2020 sequel’s full title is Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Fans are over the moon with the return but there’s a rather pressing question on some people’s minds…
How much of Borat 2 is unscripted?
- It’s uncertain how much of Borat 2 is unscripted. However, like the first film, the crew aimed for authenticity when it comes to earning reactions from people which Borat encounters.
Inevitably, many were surprised with news of a sequel considering most members of the public will recognise Borat as a character. However, this is something they’ve tackled by having him utilise a range of disguises.
Considering they were aiming for real reactions, it’s perhaps not too surprising that Deadline notes reports which suggest there were many dangerous scenarios they were shooting.
In fact, they include that sources say Sacha had to wear a bulletproof vest on two of the days they were filming.
Just like the 2006 original, there are plot details which have clearly been scripted to ensure that the film has a narrative and that the story has some progression. It isn’t a strictly unscripted project.
Sacha Baron Cohen revealed his identity
The actor’s resistance to reveal his true identity is legendary at this point.
However, sources close to Deadline reported that he revealed his identity “for the first time” while filming certain scenes.
As reported by The Independent, the estate of Holocaust survivor – Judith Dim Evans – sued the makers of Borat 2 claiming she had no idea about what the project actually was.
On the other hand, Deadline includes that Sacha actually broke character to inform her of the film’s true nature.
The Independent addresses that, according to legal documents obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Evans was asked in January to talk about the Holocaust for what she believed was a documentary, rather than, well, Borat 2.
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