Sacha Baron Cohen returned to the brand of comedy that made him famous this summer with his excellent ‘Who Is America?’ series that saw him dress up as ridiculous characters and ask famous people stupid questions in an attempt to embarrass them.
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Whilst this was supremely successful for the most part, Cohen has also revealed in a recent interview with Deadline that there were some segments that he felt were too dark and disgusting to air. He describes the time he interviewed a Los Angeles concierge and boy does this veer away from comedy fairly quickly:
We were shooting some of this at the time of Harvey Weinstein.
We wanted to investigate how does someone like Harvey Weinstein get away with criminality, essentially. And the network that surrounds him. During the interview, I revealed that basically Gio has molested an eight-year-old boy.
Now, mind you, this is extreme comedy and we thought that the guy would leave the room. Instead, this concierge stays in the room and I go, listen, you’ve got to help me get rid of the problem. And this guy starts advising Gio how to get rid of this issue.
We even at one point talk about murdering the boy, and the concierge is just saying, ‘Well, listen, I’m really sorry. In this country, we can’t just drown the boy. This is America, we don’t do that.’ And then, in the end, he puts me in touch with a lawyer who can silence the boy. It became really dark stuff.
At the end of the interview I say, listen, I want to go out and celebrate now. Can you get me a date for tonight?
He says, ‘What do you mean, a date?’ I go, you know, like a young man. He says, ‘Well, what kind of age?’ I say, lower than Bar Mitzvah but older than eight.
And he says, ‘Yeah, I can put you in touch with somebody who can get you some boys like that.’
We immediately turned the footage over tot he FBI.
We thought, perhaps there’s a pedophile ring in Las Vegas that’s operating for these very wealthy men.
And this concierge had said that he’d worked for politicians and various billionaires. But in the end the FBI decided not to pursue it.
Jeez I don’t even know how he managed to stay in character during that – sounds really rank. Can’t believe the FBI wasn’t able to find out anything about it either, but I suppose that really is America isn’t it? Where the rich and powerful can get any with anything.
For more of the same, check out some of the highlights from the show this summer. A lot funnier than this story.