The “Who Is America?” star assures fans that Anderson was in on that infamous kidnapping scene, and that it cost her a piece of her jaw.
Sacha Baron Cohen has apparently decided that 13 years is long enough to hold onto the secrets behind his smash hit 2006 film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," and specifically Pamela Anderson’s role in it.
In one of the film’s most infamous scenes, Cohen’s inept character accosts Anderson at a book signing in a fruitless attempt to kidnap her culminating in a parking lot chase and a security takedown. Now, the shock comic and actor wants to assure people that Anderson was in on the stunt the whole time.
In fact, they had to do it twice because things didn’t go quite right the first time. "The first time we did it at a book signing and I grabbed her over my shoulder and ran out with her and no one did anything," Cohen told the Last Laugh podcast. "I was like, what kind of fans are these?"
Thus, they set it up for another book signing, and this time they got the chaotic response seen in the final cut of the film. Less evident was the fact that the ensuing scuffle actually led to an injury for Anderson, with Cohen saying he accidentally "clipped her jaw" in the stunt.
It wouldn’t be the only cost of the film for the former "Baywatch" star, either. "She lost two things," Cohen said. "One, she lost a tiny bit of bone from her jaw and secondly, she lost a husband."
Anderson had only been married to Kid Rock a few months when the film apparently put the final nail in their divorce.
When Cohen texted her to ask his thoughts on the movie, Anderson shot back, "He’s getting divorced." Cohen went on, "I was like, ‘Why?’ And she goes, ‘The movie.’"
He went on to add, "And I thought it was a joke, but then a few weeks later they got divorced and they put as a reason for divorce, ‘Borat,’" Neither Anderson nor Kid Rock have publicly responded to Cohen’s account yet.
Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock finalized their divorce on November 27, 2006. "Borat" premiered in theaters November 3. But there are other things to consider here. For one, it’s hard to imagine a marriage that only lasted months collapsing solely because of a movie; there were likely other issues in play.
And then there’s the fact that Cohen is a notorious prankster and a master at creating fictions that people fall for.
His appearance on the podcast is part of his promotional tour to boost his latest satirical mockumentary project "Who Is America?" for Emmy consideration. This could well be another stunt in a long line of them, or perhaps even somehow fodder for a possible second season.
Showtime indicated immediately that they would love to see Cohen return for another round of the popular reality show that introduced Cohen as new characters interviewing real people from across the political spectrum and beyond. At the same time, they realized that the heightened awareness of the show makes pulling off the same subterfuge almost impossible.
Perhaps, then, it is time to try a new way to prank America. And what better way than taking a look at how news and so-called "fake news" disseminates across the internet. Or … and this is totally possible … we’ve just dug way, way, way too far into this and this story is simply Cohen’s genuine recollection of events.
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