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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)].
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.
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.
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.