Have Your Say: Invent A New Character For Sacha Baron Cohen!

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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Have Your Say: Invent A New Character For Sacha Baron Cohen!
Looking at our very own main page I do get the impression that people may think we do not like Sacha Baron Cohen. Which is unfortunate, as it is entirely not true. It's just that as of late, you might wonder what there is left for him to do on his current path.

Sacha became famous doing a particular brand of ambush comedy, where he would be in character and people would be either be too polite to point out to him that he was being ridiculous, or be shocked to the point of their reaction becoming funny in itself.
Starting with Ali G, Sacha Baron Cohen quickly became TOO famous, so that even after a world tour he couldn't use that persona anymore. Ali G had become so commonplace that the movie version couldn't even use candid camera footage but had to be a straight character-based comedy instead.

Then there was Borat. Known to Baron Cohen fans but not yet by the general public, Borat was the ideal vessel to take Sacha's art to a new level. But again, the film was so immensely successful worldwide that it immediately extinguished the character.
While I loved the Brüno sketches in the Ali G show, that character lacked Borat's innocence and couldn't get away with everything as easily. People got mad at Brüno a lot quicker than at Borat. And again, Brüno is now too famous to ever use again.

Meanwhile his work as an actor is going strong. "The Dictator" will already be a straight comedy instead of a candid one, although recent events seem to indicate he still intends to use the persona to shock people.

Which brings me to the question in the title: what next?
Remember, be nice and this is not meant to have a bash at Sacha Baron Cohen. Just think: if he ever wants to really disappear into a new character again, and shock and fool us all with him (or her, let's not be too specific)... what would be funny?

Should he beef up and become an illegal tournament boxer? Demolish people's homes for real as an incompetent plumber?
Confuse everyone as a figure skater called Sasha Cohen?

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Ard VijnFebruary 24, 2012 12:28 PM

Frankly I lean towards the boxing angle, bacause it would give him the opportunity to use prosthetic make-up to mask his now pretty well-known identity, and expose some pretty shady people.

And if all else fails you get to see him fight. Win!

JeffFebruary 24, 2012 12:58 PM

He should just make more straight narrative films/comedies. I'm sure he doesn't want to do variations on the same thing his whole life.

stkareneFebruary 24, 2012 1:10 PM

Straight, right-wing, republican, christian nut. Good for both the shock value and to see how many people buy in because they aren't thinking about how far he going with what he is saying.

Kurt HalfyardFebruary 24, 2012 3:18 PM

While that is a tad obvious (and Stephen Colbert has been skewering Right Wingers for a while now with this technique), of SBC used a right wing nutbar to skewer liberal attitudes, it might work.

Be a heck of a lot more entertaining than The Dictator, that's for sure.

Joe YoungFebruary 24, 2012 5:02 PM

Well...maybe he and Will Ferrell will do a sequel/prequel, spinoff on Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)....?
But perhaps this will only happen when SBC does a film that doesn´t make any money.

Tom StoneFebruary 24, 2012 5:23 PM

That was the worst movie. Well, pretty bad anyway

Joe YoungFebruary 24, 2012 5:29 PM

Well...I disagree...for me it was pretty funny...but I´m swedish...hahahhah....yeah granted nothing new in that movie....but it wouldn´t surprise me if a spinoff with Sacha Baron Cohen/Jean Girard shows up if Sacha Baron Cohen starts failing at the boxoffice.