Sacha Baron Cohen's lawyer inspired Madagascar voice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 February 2016
Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen

British star Sacha Baron Cohen says the voice for King Julian in Madagascar was based on his Indian lawyer

Sacha Baron Cohen's lawyer doesn't know he used him for King Julian's voice in the 'Madagascar' franchise.

The 44-year-old British star - who hails from London - played the part of the hyperactive and egotistical King of the Lemurs in the Dreamworks movies and his exaggerated Indian accent was in fact inspired by his legal counsel.

And in a famous musical clip from the series, Sacha even sampled his lawyer's voice.

During an interview on the 'Chris Moyles Show' on Radio X, he told a story about his lawyer friend and afterward revealed: "By the way, one of the lawyers' voices ended up (on a film). I used it for the voice of King Julian in 'Madagascar'.

"You know (he sings) 'I like to move it move it?' That is actually one of my lawyers, it's not a stereotypical voice, that actually is the voice of him."

And asked if the innocent lawyer had any idea, Sacha quipped: "No, of course not!"

Meanwhile, the star is famed for creating comedy alter egos including Ali G, Bruno and Borat and his most recent character Nobby - the star of his latest movie 'Grimsby'.

Sacha would often get into embroiled with police in America when he travelled there and called the lawyer - who lives in India - to save him.

He recalled: "If I'm in Wisconsin or I'm in Arkansas and the police are on my tail, which often would happen in 'Borat' or 'Bruno', I'm lying on the floor of a getaway car - we always had a getaway car - and I would call up the lawyer and the benefit is in India they're all awake.

"I'm on the phone, he's got his team [around him] and I'm going 'Come on I need to find out, what's the law here, I need to find out if they can arrest me' and he's got his team at hand. And they go, 'Yes, you know in the state of Arkansas...'.

He added: "We always have a getaway car because the police are usually looking for me."

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