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Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno Brushed Off by Schwarzenegger


Back in March I posted about Sacha Baron Cohen and his antics as gay Austrian TV reporter Bruno at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. Baron-Cohen astonished onlookers in a hot pants strip dance in the middle of the terminal. Around the same time, he also tricked Ben Affleck into giving him an interview.

Baron-Cohen tried to do the same to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over the weekend, but was given the brush off. One shot of Bruno's encounter is above.

More at Just Jared....

Two clips of Bruno's Kansas airport shoot, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Good for Scharzenegger, this guy is too much with his totally unfunny antics.

    Posted by: Sebastian | May 19, 2008 12:21:13 PM

  2. I just hope someone told the Governator that "Bruno" isn't real and is in fact a character created and portrayed by a straight comedian.

    I think Cohen can be very funny, even as Bruno, but if he is mistaken for being a real person I could see where his antics could do damage; especially when targeting a Republican Governor who is in a very precarious position right now, taking A LOT of heat from his constituents for being supportive of the CA Supreme Court ruling and vowing to stand against its repeal.

    I understand that Cohen saw this as a prime opportunity to get some yucks for his character Bruno but it show just how clueless people can be that their actions (even if done without malice) can cause harm to a lot of people.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 19, 2008 12:56:22 PM

  3. Zeke, I'm torn in my response to you. Arnie looks incredibly pissed, so one wonders what provoked him so. But much of Cohen's act is bringing out the worst in people. I am surprisingly and unexpectedly supportive of Arnie recently---for a Republican, even in California, he's made a lot of impressive moves recently. Still, anything that makes it to film/TV with Choen as Bruno makes clear it's a character.

    So does it really matter what happens along the way?

    Borat exposed a huge amount of U.S. racism, sexism, and other predujice. Only the idiots who thought it real and participated in it took offense. Accordingly, I think his characters do more harm than good. Yes, idiots who watch Bruno might think he represents all gays. But I think that most idiots are too busy watching Larry the Cable Guy or Jeff Foxworthy.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 20, 2008 3:14:33 AM

  4. OK, I just took an Ambien and made a big mistake. I meant to say "do more good than harm."

    Posted by: Paul R | May 20, 2008 3:18:16 AM

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