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(2009)

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According to Sacha Baron Cohen, Harrison Ford is in the only scene that was scripted, and was the only actor that was in on the joke.
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The sequence where Brüno enrolled at the Alabama National Guard, filmed at the Fort McClellan Military Academy in Anniston, Alabama, went undetected until a young cadet who recognized him from Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006), notified elder officers who were unfamiliar with the actor.
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Ayman Abu Aita filed a lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen for falsely depicting him as a terrorist and lying about the interview. Aita previously served in Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a Palestinian terrorist group, and spent two years in an Israeli prison for shooting Israeli soldiers. At the time of filming, Aita was a representative of Fatah, which is not considered a terrorist group. David Letterman and Larry Charles are also named as defendants in the suit. Allegedly, Sacha Baron Cohen had claimed that he had received death threats from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade.
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The audience members in the talk show scene were hired for $50 each, and they were told they would be the first audience members of a new talk show. This was filmed at a suburb of Dallas, Texas.
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The movie originally received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, but after Sacha Baron Cohen re-edited it the film, the picture received an R rating certificate.
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Sacha Baron Cohen and his crew reportedly illegally accessed a fashion show in Milan, Italy using fake IDs. After Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen) entered the stage, the lights were dimmed, and Sacha Baron Cohen was escorted out of the fashion show by security personnel.
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In October 2006, entertainment blog website Defamer.com jokingly reported the title would be "Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt." Numerous websites around the world, including IMDb (the Internet Movie Database), reported this to be the actual working title.
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The autism segment after the opening credits is a reference to Sacha Baron Cohen's cousin, Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, who is famous for his theories on autism.
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After the sudden unexpected death of Michael Jackson, the movie was re-edited at the last minute to remove references to Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen) trying to get tickets to a Michael Jackson concert.
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The film had the highest opening-weekend gross in the United States for a film with an openly gay character in the lead role, with US $30.6 million. The previous record-holder had been The Birdcage (1996), with US $18.3 million.
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Star Sacha Baron Cohen worked out, shaved all of his body hair, and got his hair done in order to be Brüno.
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This movie was the debut producing credit of Jonah Hill, who was an associate producer on the movie but did not appear in it.
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Logo gimmick: The "U" in Universal grows an umlaut (Ü), mimicking the film's title.
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The name "Brüno" does not exist in real life. It is a fantasy name that sounds like the French pronunciation of the popular European name "Bruno," which is of German origin. However, the spelling with "ü" is unknown in Europe and historically never existed anywhere.
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An interview with La Toya Jackson was hastily cut from the theatrical release due to the unexpected death of Michael Jackson. The segment, seen among the DVD's deleted scenes, contains a joke which refers to Michael Jackson as someone Brüno wants to meet with, rendering the line anachronistic with Michael Jackson's death.
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Actor Sacha Baron Cohen attended the Amsterdam, Netherlands Brüno (2009) premiere in full character at The Tuschinski Theatre on June 20, 2009.
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The name of the National Guard Training Center was the former real-life military barracks of Fort McClellan Anniston, Alabama, which had actually closed on May 20, 1999. (This facility is still operational and used by the Alabama Army National Guard as a training site. The course featured in the film is Officer Candidate School which is held there yearly.)
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The Brüno character looks different in the film than in Da Ali G Show (2003). In the show, he had the same hairstyle as his other characters, Ali G and Borat, short and black. However, in this cinema movie, Brüno now has long blonde hair.
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The name of Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen)'s Austrian fashion show television series was "Funkyzeit mit Brüno," which translates into the English language as "Funkytime with Bruno."
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This was the third of three movies based on Sacha Baron Cohen's characters, from his Ali G Shows [See: Da Ali G Show (2000) and Da Ali G Show (2003)]. The previous films were (in order) Ali G Indahouse (2002) and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006). The Brüno character did not appear in the first TV series Da Ali G Show (2000) and did not debut and feature until the second TV series of Da Ali G Show (2003).
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Sacha dressed as the character Brüno and dropped on famous rapper Eminem's face at 2009 MTV Movie Awards.Shady walked out after it.Then Sacha said "It was a joke that Eminem in it" at Sway in The Morning.
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In Australia, the original cut was rated R18+ by the OFLC and was subsequently edited to receive a lower MA15+ rating. According to Universal Pictures, a few seconds of footage were trimmed in order to receive the new rating. In New Zealand, the film was released uncut with an R16 rating.
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The movie's original cut was rated 18 by the BBFC for the U.K , and it released in that form. The movie was then edited down by two minutes to secure a 15 certificate, and re-released two weeks later as "Brüno: Snipped - The 15-Rated Version." Both versions were shown in parallel, with the edited version targeting the more-lucrative teenage audience.
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The full name of the character Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen) is "Brüno Gehard," the surname being a double entendre play-on-words for the expression "get hard," which itself would later become the title of a Will Ferrell comedy movie [See: Get Hard (2015)].
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One of numerous collaborations of actor-comedian-writer-star Sacha Baron Cohen and his brother composer-arranger-music adapter Erran Baron Cohen. Sacha Baron Cohen is the younger brother whilst Erran Baron Cohen is the older brother. The two real life 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). Elsewhere in the film industry, 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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Sacha Baron Cohen performed a number of roles for this movie. He was an actor, the film's above-the-title billed star, a producer, a co-screenwriter, creator of the Brüno character, story writer, and one of the singers and performers of the "Dove of Peace" song.
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Prior to this movie, the Austrian fashion expert Brüno character's trademark on Da Ali G Show (2003) was talking-up heartless fashionistas and making macho men uncomfortable with his blatant homosexuality. These elements are featured in this movie too.
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Sacha Baron Cohen played dual roles in this movie, as both Brüno Gehard and Straight Dave.
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Two actors portrayed the character of "O.J." They were Chibundu Orukwowu and Chigozie Orukwowu.
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Cameo 

James McCartney: Uncredited, as himself. In the first fashion show sequence, as the camera pans the audience, he appears briefly with his father, Sir Paul McCartney.
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Elton John: As himself in "The Dove of Peace" sequence.
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Snoop Dogg: As himself in "The Dove of Peace" sequence.
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Sting: As himself in "The Dove of Peace" sequence.
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Bono: As himself in "The Dove of Peace" sequence.
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Chris Martin: As himself in "The Dove of Peace" sequence.
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Slash: As himself in "The Dove of Peace" sequence.
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Harrison Ford: Uncredited, as himself, when Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen) asks him for an interview and Ford refuses by swearing at him.
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Gary Williams: The writer, psychic, and radio host as himself (as a psychic).
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Ron Paul: The 2008 Presidential Candidate, as himself.
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La Toya Jackson: As herself, cut from the movie, due to the sudden unexpected death of Michael Jackson, but was included on the DVD for the movie.
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Paula Abdul: The American Idol (2002) judge as herself.
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Sacha Baron Cohen: As Straight Dave.
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Heather Hahn: The supermodel as herself.
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Richard Bey: The talk show host as himself on a talk-show.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Joke German-said names of famous celebrities mispronounced by Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen) were Bradolf Pittler (Brad Pitt), Reese Witterspinzel (Reese Witherspoon), Wilhelm Schmidt (Will Smith), Stevie Wunderbar (Stevie Wonder), and Adolf Hitler (Mel Gibson).
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The mistaken name that Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen had for the "Middle East" was "Middle Earth." Nations featured as part of this region on a map shown in the movie included [in alphabetical order]: Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey.
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