One of the most unexpected cinematic offerings of 2020 was the sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen’s groundbreaking mockumentary from 2006 Borate. Many long-time fans felt Borate 2 would never work in modern times when Cohen’s character of the moronic but well-meaning Kazakh journalist has become such a recognizable and beloved part of pop culture. In an interview with Insider Jason Woliner who directed the Borate Sequel, revealed that he himself initially didn’t believe the film should be made for some very strong reasons.
“I was the first person who called Sacha to direct. I went to meet him and Anthony Hines, a writer who was involved in everything Sasha did, Monica Levinson, the producer, and a few others Folks. I told him I loved the script, but I’ve gotten really strong. I’ve basically said that Borat is the funniest movie ever made and that it’s almost certainly a mistake to make a sequel I’ve said on almost every version that it’s a disaster: most of the comedy sequels aren’t good, the lengthy sequels are extremely harsh, and the nature of the film makes Borat one of the most popular comedy characters of the last century so has to find people who don’t know who he is. “
Woliner clearly came into the project as a big fan of the original Borateso much so that he was afraid of tarnishing the film’s legacy with a less interesting sequel. According to Woliner Sacha Baron Cohen understood and appreciated his attitude towards continuing the Bora Franchise, so much so that Woliner was soon offered the position of director.
“Sacha, of course, was fully aware of this and agreed with everything I said. If I had to guess, I think he would respect that I came in with my eyes open and knew what a daunting task it was. A few days later I was invited to the writer’s room for a week to see if I was getting on with Sacha and his writing team. It was the entire group of writers from the first film and a few new ones. Two days later I was offered the job and I never left. “
Fortunately, Woliner’s concerns were ultimately not recognized. Instead of looking at the sequel as an unnecessary cash robbery, this is the latest Borate The film was welcomed by fans and critics and seen as even more culturally relevant and punchy than the previous film. The Borate The sequel also featured the character of Borat’s daughter Tutar, who immediately became a fan favorite and helped deepen and humanize Cohen’s iconic main character.
Directed by Jason Woliner, Borat Subsequent Movie: Handover of the amazing bride to the American regime to support the once glorious nation of Kazakhstan is written by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman and Lee Kern with a story by Cohen, Hines, Swimer and Nina Pedrad. The film is now being streamed on Amazon Prime Video. This message was first shared at Insider.com.
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