The police were called on Sacha Baron Cohen ninety-two times during the production of this film.
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When Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) speaks Kazakh, it is mostly Hebrew disguised by a heavy fake Eastern European accent. The Hebrew is quite understandable and contains many in-jokes. Baron Cohen admitted this in a rare "out of character" radio interview on National Public Radio in the United States.
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Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Steve Martin, all of whom are huge fans of Sacha Baron Cohen, contacted him about having a cameo in the movie. However, Baron Cohen refused because it would have ruined some of the gags if they knew what was going on.
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The FBI assigned a team to Sacha Baron Cohen during the filming of Borat (2006) due to numerous reports of a "Middle eastern man traveling the Midwest in an ice cream truck."
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Borat is based on a Russian doctor Sacha Baron Cohen once met. He said the doctor was completely hilarious, but it was unintentional.
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At a shooting event in Kuwait where Kazakh shooter Maria Dmitrienko won the gold medal, the Asian Olympic Committee accidentally played Borat's parody of the Kazakhstan national anthem in the medal ceremony instead of the official national anthem. Kazakh officials heavily protested and a re-run of the medal ceremony took place. To prevent the same embarrassment from happening at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Kazakhstan government specifically guided the London Games Organizing Committee on the correct national anthem. Since most of the athletes in the Kazakh team are Russians and do not speak Kazakh, they were taught the official national anthem to prevent a repeat of the mistake.
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The suit Sacha Baron Cohen wore while playing Borat Sagdiyev had deliberately never been cleaned.
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The warning on the DVD states, "Selling producing of this movie disc will result in punishment by crushing."
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Rupert Murdoch announced in early February 2007 that Sacha Baron Cohen had signed on to do another Borat film with FOX. This was contradicted, however, in an interview with Baron Cohen, himself stating that Borat (2006) was to be discontinued as he was now too well-known to avoid detection as he did in the film and on Da Ali G Show (2003). A spokesman for FOX later stated that it was too early to begin planning such a film, although they still remained open to the idea. Baron Cohen subsequently announced that he was "killing off" the characters of Borat and Ali G because they were now so famous, he could no longer trick people.
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The village in Kazakhstan is called "Glod" and it is located in the Dambovita region of Romania. "Glod" literally translates from the Romanian language into the English language as "mud." Reportedly, villagers of the Romanian town said they were paid just GBP£3.00 each.
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The character of "Borat" was heavily criticized by the Kazakh government as being "a concoction of bad taste and ill manners, which is incompatible with the ethics and civilized behavior of Kazakhstan's people." Sacha Baron Cohen, who played Borat, gave a fake press conference at the White House gates on September 29, 2006, just one day before an official visit of Kazakhstan's president. The Kazakh government hired two Western public relations firms to counter Borat's claims, running a four-page advertisement in The New York Times, implicitly rebutting many of the claims made by Borat. Kazahkstan has since changed their strategy by playing along, going so far as inviting Borat to visit Kazahkstan.
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This film broke Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)'s record for the biggest box office opening weekend ever for any film that opened in fewer than a thousand theaters.
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Original director Todd Phillips left the production after shooting the rodeo "Star Spangled Banner" scene, citing "creative differences."
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The nude photos Borat shows to the etiquette coach of his teenage son are actually photos of gay porn star Stonie. The producers chose him because they wanted someone who "easily looked 13-14 years old," but was actually of legal age and willing to do frontal nudity.
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The name of Borat's neighbor, Nursultan Tuyakbay, is a cross between the names of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and opposing politician Zharmakhan Tuyakbay.
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Metro train scene was taken with hidden cameras. You can see director Larry Charles twice in the scene and a guy holding camera when POV changes.
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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) was a huge hit in Israel, in part because Borat's "Kazakh" lines are in Hebrew.
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Most of the footage from the Kazakh national anthem segment at the end of the film is made up of 1980s-era Estonian TV commercials. It also features a number of political figures, such as the current president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, among them.
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Azamat Bagatov is actually speaking Armenian. Ken Davitian is of Armenian descent.
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The subtitles in Borat are Cyrillic subtitles. Most of these subtitles are actually Cyrillic, but they contain many errors, mostly the incorrect use of Cyrillic letters. Some subtitles make no sense. For example, the gay pride parade subtitle reads, "Meal Society of the 'Magnolia' manor." Some subtitles are nothing more than a random stream of Cyrillic letters, for example the title of the Kazakh TV channel at the beginning of the movie, and the supposedly Kazakh title of the movie later. The geographical names on the maps are almost all gibberish, except for the names in the largest print, such as "America" or "London." Ironically, the Cyrillic text used for the names that appear during the end credits is quite correct.
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During the film, Sacha Baron Cohen spoke his Kazakhstan lines in Hebrew, while Ken Davitian spoke his in Armenian.
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Oxana the Bear was portrayed by two animals, Charlie and Chester, who had both previously acted a few years earlier in the tele-movie A Bear Named Winnie (2004), and about a decade after Borat (2006), both appeared in the feature film The Unseen (2016).
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Borat's greeting, "Jak sie masz!" is a common Polish greeting, which roughly translates to "How are you?" Other phrases in Polish used by Borat are "dzien dobry" (good afternoon) and "dziekuje" (thank you).
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Larry Charles replaced Todd Phillips as the film's director after the latter had creative differences with the production.
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For the film's U.S. television premiere on USA Network in June 2009, it was presented largely uncut, however the infamous nude wrestling and chase between Borat and Azamat was censored with black bars. Several of the harshest profanities and sexual terms are silenced and a label reading "CENZURAT" appears over mouths (and, where necessary, subtitles) in order to hide the profanities used.
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The European Center for Antiziganism Research, which works against negative attitudes against Roma and Sinti people, accused the producers of defamation and inciting violence against the ethnic group. Thus, it filed a complaint with prosecutors in Germany (October 2006).
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An article by Bojan Pancevski and Carmiola Ionescu, published in the U.K.'s Mail on Sunday on 11th November 2006, reported that the town of Glod in Romania, which plays Borat's hometown in Kazakhstan, had "...1,000 residents live in dilapidated huts in the shadow of the Carpathian mountains. Toilets are little more than sheltered holes in the ground, and horses and donkeys are the only source of transport. Just four villagers have permanent employment in the nearby towns of Pucioasa or Fieni, while the rest live off what little welfare benefits they get."
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Included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider.
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The Kazakh village scenes set in Kazakhstan were actually filmed in Moroieni, Romania.
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Celebrities and famous people who are spoofed and/or parodied and/or referenced in this comedy include: George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Huey Lewis, Adolf Hitler, Oliver Hardy, Michael Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Barbara Bush (deleted scene).
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It ranks in the second place as being one of the longest film titles to ever receive an Oscar nomination, with 12 words to its count. The longest film title that got an Oscar nomination was Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971), which has 14 words. However, Borat gives the appearance of being the longest title since all of its words were fully translated in many others countries as opposed to the other film which received different and less wordy titles.
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In the opening video, there are some dancing pubic hairs pretending to be film noise.
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The A in "BORAT" on the DVD cover is actually the letter D in the Cyrillic alphabet. Also on the inside DVD cover, the R in "BORAT" is backwards, which is actually the character "Ya" in Cyrillic.
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The turboprop aircraft in which Borat is depicted as flying, is apparently wearing livery that includes Cyrillic-looking letters. The airplane is a Lockheed L-188 Electra, wearing Eastern Airlines livery of the late 1950s to early 1960s, and the image is reversed. Airlines then considered it important to trumpet using any turbine-powered engines as "jets." Thus, the letters on the fuselage read, "FLY-EASTERN AIRLINES PROP-JET ELECTRA."
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The unusual route that Borat takes to fly from Kazakhstan (Romania) to America makes the following stops: Moscow, Northern Turkey, Central Algeria, Kiev (Ukraine), Southwestern Russia (possibly Rostov or Sochi--the latter hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics), Helsinki (Finland), Southern Greenland, and finally to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.
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In May 2010, Danny Passmore, the self-defense instructor featured in the "American Hobbies" scene, was arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a student. Passmore was eventually released from prison after failing to be indicted within 90 days of his arrest.
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One of numerous collaborations of actor-comedian-writer Sacha Baron Cohen and his brother composer-arranger-music adapter Erran Baron Cohen. Sacha Baron Cohen is the younger brother. The Cohen Brothers' cinema movie collaborations include The Brothers Grimsby (2016), Brüno (2009), The Dictator (2012), and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006). Their television collaborations include episodes of Da Ali G Show (2000) and Da Ali G Show (2003). There are two other very famous brothers with the same sounding last name. They are "The Coen Brothers" - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, and they once made a comedy movie called O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).
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The make and model of the van that Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Azamat Bagatov (Ken Davitian) travel across the U.S. in was a blue and mostly white AM General FJ-8A or an AM General FJ-8C.
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The original scheduled release date in the U.S. of Sacha Baron Cohen's later movie, The Brothers Grimsby (2016), was July 31, 2016. This was the date that the 128th IOC (International Olympic Committee) Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia decided on who would host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games where Almaty, Kazakhstan lost to Beijing, China by four votes, with China winning 44 votes to Kazakhstan 40 votes.
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Bob Barr: Uncredited, the former Georgia Congressman as himself.
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When Borat is trying to kidnap Pamela Anderson, none of her bodyguards knew about the premise of the film, which is why they tackled Borat, with such force and authority. However, Pamela Anderson was in on the gag, and really hammed it up.
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The Region 1 and 2 DVDs were made to look like pirated copies. They come on "Demorez" brand discs with the slogan, "Is life? No. Demorez." The "Demorez" fake brand and slogan are meant to be spoofs of the real-life "Memorex" blank recordable DVDs, whose slogan was "Is it live? No, it's Memorex."
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The closing credits declare that the Kazakh Board of Film Censors state that "This film is unsuitable for children under the age of 3."
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When Azamat opens the refrigerator door at his apartment in Hollywood, the head of Oxana the bear can be seen in the fridge.
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