It’s bad news for Sacha Baron Cohen… it’s new movie ‘Grimsby’, or 'The Brothers Grimsby’ as it’s known in the US, has nose-dived at the box office.
Now we know why Sacha Baron Cohen’s Queen film bit the dust. The Borat star, out promoting his new comedy The Brothers Grimsby this week, gave a rare interview as himself to Howard Stern on Tuesday. During the long talk with the shock jock, he revealed that the surviving members of the seminal British band had a very different vision for the biopic, which would have starred Cohen as the electrifying lead singer Freddie Mercury.
Sony has denied accusations it leaned on Sacha Baron Cohen to remove a visual gag in which Donald Trump swallows HIV-infected blood in ‘Grimsby’. Another Sony Pictures spokesperson, Jane Guerin, added: “This is utter nonsense.
It seems that the audience might not have been the only people shocked by Sacha Baron Cohen’s turn at the Oscars. Speaking to This Morning after the ceremony, he said: “The truth is we actually had to sneak it in because the Oscars sat me down before and said they didn’t want me to do anything out of order. “I mean there were a few moments I was a bit worried how they’d react to the first gag, but I bumped into Chris Rock actually on the way on and pitched him the gag and he gave me the thumbs up so I went for it,” he added.
Sacha Baron Cohen has revealed that the FBI started compiling a file about him following the making of comedy hit ‘Borat’. The British comedy star seemingly piqued the interest of the Federal Bureau of Investigation because Americans thought he was a terrorist. Speaking on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, he said: “[The FBI] got so many complaints there was a terrorist traveling in an ice cream van.
Sacha Baron Cohen used his most famous character to hawk his latest creation on Wednesday night, introducing the new trailer for The Brothers Grimsby on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
According to The Sun, one scene in the movie features an actor resembling Radcliffe swallowing splattered blood, followed by a news report using a real shot of Radcliffe saying that he’s contracted the virus. “We will speak to Sony Pictures and don’t be surprised if this scene or any reference to Daniel does not make the final edit.” A spokesperson for the Harry Potter star added in a statement: “Daniel is not involved in this production.” So far, the movie, which isn’t even out until March next year, has caused controversy among the residents of Grimsby, depicting it as a squalid, litter-strewn town populated by beer-swilling children and binge drinkers. Anything that you associate with football hooliganism is going to be negative, but I hope people will be open-minded when they watch the film.” The movie stars Mark Strong as a celebrated MI6 agent, and his idiot brother Nobby, played by Baron Cohen, a feckless football hooligan living in their hometown of Grimsby. It’s far from the first time that Baron Cohen has courted controversy with his characters.
The first details on ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ including some first look images have been revealed at D23, the official Disney fan convention in California, where it was announced the film will involve time travel. Disney’s ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ will arrive in 2016 with most of the original principle cast returning including Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham-Carter as the Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Joining them will be Sacha Baron Cohen as a new character Time who it transpires is integral to the plot. Depp’s Mad Hatter is “growing darker” and only Alice can save the day.
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