Published Feb 25, 2016A lot has happened since Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles brought us their instant classic Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan in 2007. Now, Cohen has offered some insight into the film's creation.
In a new interview on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Cohen said that he was tracked by the FBI during the film's creation.
"On Borat, the FBI started following us," he said. "They got so many complaints that there was a terrorist travelling in an ice cream van. We shot it 10 years ago, so it was a couple of years after 9/11 that we shot it.
"So the FBI got so many complaints that they started compiling a little file on us. Eventually they came to visit us at the hotel where we were staying. I obviously went missing, because they were like, 'FBI's downstairs. Sacha, disappear.' Because you don't want me to be apprehended."
Listen to Sacha Baron Cohen's full, fascinating WTF interview here.