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April 2021 | Indie Wire

Baron Cohen said the comedy hinged on the 2020 election. "It was a call to action. The character with the most influence was Borat."

"It’s easy to look at a raucous comedy like “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and think that Sacha Baron Cohen, director Jason Woliner, and their cast and crew improvised like mad. But like any brilliant comedy, this one started with writers laboring to create the template for this outrageous yet serious sequel, launched 14 years after the original, and motivated by the desire to defeat Donald Trump.

After the midterm elections in 2018, Baron Cohen was concocting another project with his go-to “Borat” team of Anthony Hines and Dan Swimer, when he switched gears and asked them if they thought they could make a Borat movie targeting Trump.

Within 15 minutes they came up with the idea of Kazakhstan giving Borat’s daughter as gift to Mike Pence. Baron Cohen told his agent about it as his writers carried on with their first project, and discovered a meeting with Paramount studio chairman Jim Gianopulos on his calendar. “What’s this?” he asked his agent...."

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