Sacha Baron Cohen Dupes Ron Paul, Alabama National Guard
Just as the first snippets of Bruno were being screened to preview audiences at Austin's SXSW festival, it was reported that Sacha Baron Cohen had targeted two more entities for his Borat-style comedy about a gay Austrian news reporter.
Baron Cohen tricked the Alabama National Guard into allowing him to embed with them for a short while:
"The ruse, which included comedian Sacha Baron Cohen exposing his thong underwear while changing clothes, was going well until a young cadet recognized Cohen and notified older officers who weren't familiar with the actor. 'It's an embarrassment to the Alabama National Guard,' Staff Sgt. Katrina Timmons said Monday. 'Since then we have put in protocols to make sure this doesn't happen again.' A film crew pulled the stunt Feb. 13 at the Alabama Military Academy, which trains officer candidates from across the nation. The school is located at the Army's old Fort McClellan in Anniston, about 65 miles east of Birmingham."
"Bruno" also punked former presidential candidate Ron Paul, Slate reports: "In a five-minute scene, comedian Cohen tries—and fails—to seduce the Texas congressman and former Republican presidential candidate in a Washington hotel room. A spokeswoman for Paul confirmed the appearance but declined to discuss details, which were provided by two people who attended a test screening last week."