Sacha Baron Cohen retires Borat
- Bang Showbiz
- 11 January 2016
Sacha Baron Cohen has announced he will never portray his alter egos Borat or Bruno again for comedy purposes because he feels a responsibility toward his family to stay safe and not put himself in some of the crazy situations he did for the two movies starring the characters
Sacha Baron Cohen has retired from playing his most popular characters Borat and Bruno.
The 44-year-old actor and screenwriter has revealed he will never again portray the controversial alter egos, because he fears for the safety of himself and his family - wife Isla Fisher, 39, and three children, daughters Olive and Elula and son Montgomery - as he made films and TV shows on the premise they were real people and hence put himself in several dangerous positions.
Speaking about his films 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan' and 'Bruno', Sacha revealed: "I miss those roles but cannot do them as I have responsibility for my family. Being in a wild situation when you're deep in character, and nobody realising you're not real - that's the ultimate adrenaline. But I'm too old for it - and you start feeling irresponsible when you have a family."
British actor Sacha - who first shot to fame portraying fake youth culture interviewer Ali G on TV - received numerous death threats for his America-mocking satire in those films and the threats on his life only increased after 2009's 'Bruno' - in which he portrayed a gay Austrian fashion reporter of the same name trying to become famous in the States.
Speaking ahead of the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (10.01.16), he explained: "I always received death threats, but they increased after 'Bruno'. You have to have the mindset that if something bad happens everyone is going to be fine."