Sacha Baron Cohen

Biography: Grammatically challenged homeboy Ali G. Roving Kazakh reporter Borat. Gay Austrian fashionista Brüno. These hilariously broad, gloriously un-PC characters are the brainchildren of Britain-born Jewish writer and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. A soft-spoken, surprisingly handsome man in real life, this Cambridge-educated satirist introduced his signature alter ego, Ali G, on the British comedy series The 11 O'Clock Show in 1998. A stunningly misinformed "hip-hop journalist," Ali G conducted riotously inane interviews with unsuspecting public figures who believed they were talking to a real person. The gimmick proved so popular that Cohen earned his own series in England, Da Ali G Show, in 2000 and launched an American incarnation of the show on HBO in 2003, where his victims included Newt Gingrich, Ralph Nader, Andy Rooney and Gore Vidal. Cohen also introduced two other "journalists," Brüno and Borat, on these series. While Brüno's primary function seemed to be to make homophobesGrammatically challenged homeboy Ali G. Roving Kazakh reporter Borat. Gay Austrian fashionista Brüno. These hilariously broad, gloriously un-PC characters are the brainchildren of Britain-born Jewish writer and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. A soft-spoken, surprisingly handsome man in real life, this Cambridge-educated satirist introduced his signature alter ego, Ali G, on the British comedy series The 11 O'Clock Show in 1998. A stunningly misinformed "hip-hop journalist," Ali G conducted riotously inane interviews with unsuspecting public figures who believed they were talking to a real person. The gimmick proved so popular that Cohen earned his own series in England, Da Ali G Show, in 2000 and launched an American incarnation of the show on HBO in 2003, where his victims included Newt Gingrich, Ralph Nader, Andy Rooney and Gore Vidal. Cohen also introduced two other "journalists," Brüno and Borat, on these series. While Brüno's primary function seemed to be to make homophobes squirm, Borat managed to upset a number of different groups. Although Cohen caught some flak for Ali G — critics claimed the character was racist because he was a white boy acting "black" — Borat angered entire nations. The government of Kazakhstan, Borat's homeland, publicly objected to his character: a mustachioed misogynist and anti-Semite who liked to lead Americans in rousing choruses of "Throw the Jew Down the Well." And in 2005, under the guise of shooting a documentary, Cohen as Borat almost caused a riot when he said to the audience at a Virginia rodeo, "may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq," followed by a butchered rendition of the American national anthem. But Cohen's fans adored his in-character shenanigans. Indeed, Cohen often refused to appear as himself, preferring to travel the talk-show circuit as one of his alter egos, even hosting the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2005 as Borat. In 2006, Cohen became a bona-fide film star, winning a Golden Globe for his turn as Borat on the big screen in the smash hit Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. His screenplay for the film was also honored with an Oscar nod. While his follow-up film, 2009's Brüno, failed to garner any Oscar nominations, it did once again bring Cohen controversy. While promoting the film at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, he did a stunt dressed as Brüno and appeared to seriously offend Eminem. Days later, Eminem admitted to being a willing participant in the gag. After the film was released, Cohen was sued by a Palestinian man who claimed he was falsely portrayed as a terrorist in the movie. Always up for a joke involving costumes, Cohen planned to appear as an Avatar character at the 2010 Oscars, but the show's producer nixed the spoof out of concern that it might offend director James Cameron. Off-screen, he's taken on the roles of husband and father, and his 2010 wedding to actress Isla Fisher in no way resembled one of his elaborate stunts. In contrast, it was a very private, traditional Jewish ceremony with only six guests in attendance. Expand

Sacha Baron Cohen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
18 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
68 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Oct 22, 2020 Producer / Based On Character Created By / Screenplay / Borat 5.9
76 The Trial of the Chicago 7 Sep 25, 2020 Associate Producer / Abbie Hoffman 7.7
34 Alice Through the Looking Glass May 27, 2016 Cast / Time 6.0
44 The Brothers Grimsby Mar 11, 2016 Producer / Screenplay / Screenplay By / Story / Story By / Cast / Norman 'Nobby' Grimsby / Carl 'Nobby' Butcher / Nobby / Norman 'Nobby' Grimsby 6.0
61 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Dec 18, 2013 Cast 6.2
63 Les Miserables Dec 25, 2012 Th / Thénardier 7.4
60 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Jun 8, 2012 Julien / Julien 5.0
58 The Dictator May 16, 2012 Producer / Writer / Screenplay / Cast / Principal Cast / Aladeen/Efawadh / General Aladeen 6.4
83 Hugo Nov 23, 2011 Station Inspector 7.7
60 Machete Sep 3, 2010 Colonel Weathers / Colonel Weathers 7.8
56 Dinner for Schmucks Jul 30, 2010 Executive Producer 5.7
54 Bruno Jul 10, 2009 Producer / Producer / Character / Character / Screenplay / Screenplay / Story / Story / Brüno / Brüno tbd
61 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Nov 7, 2008 Julien 6.9
83 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Dec 21, 2007 Pirelli 7.7
89 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Nov 3, 2006 Producer / Screenplay / Story / Borat 7.4
57 Madagascar May 27, 2005 Julien / Julien 5.4
46 Ali G Indahouse Nov 2, 2004 Executive Producer / Written By / Ali G/Borat tbd