How do Gypsy tears ward off evil spirits? Why won’t Pamela Anderson make sexy time? What’s the best way to get the smell of “two wrinkled Golden Globes” out of a grown man’s mustache?
Audiences can only hope that these and other nagging questions from “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” are addressed next year, as News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch announced Thursday (February 8) that star Sacha Baron Cohen will return as the bewildered Kazakhstani journalist in a yet-untitled sequel, tentatively called “Borat 2″ (see ” ‘Borat’ Might Become A Repeat Offender With Second Flick” ).
“I’ve seen ['Borat'] about three times and laughed like hell,” Murdoch told audience members during an early-morning keynote speech at the McGraw Hill Media Summit in New York.
But while Murdoch, whose financial holdings include 20th Century Fox and MySpace, was confident about the future of “Borat,” a spokesperson for Fox was a little less certain. “We’re eager to work with Sacha again, and we’ve had casual discussions about a sequel, which we’d love to do, but at this point, it remains too preliminary to discuss,” Chris Petrikin, a spokesperson for 20th Century Fox, told Reuters.
If Murdoch was a little quick to confirm the next chapter, it would be hard to blame him. The mogul saw his film division recently post record earnings in large part due to the global success of “Borat,” which tickled viewers to the tune of nearly $250 million worldwide.
It’s this very popularity that has led many to speculate a “Borat” sequel would be impossible to film, since Baron Cohen’s abrasive, deceptive style often depends on outwitting interview subjects unfamiliar with his fake persona. Baron Cohen was sued by several of the film’s participants who claimed he duped them into appearing in the flick.
“I don’t think ['Borat'] destroyed our culture,” Murdoch said, defending “Borat” against some of the more salacious charges. “If anything, it made Americans laugh at themselves.”
Baron Cohen — who won a Golden Globe for Best Actor (see ” ‘Dream’ Night: Jennifer Hudson, Borat Win Big At Golden Globes” ) and whose “Borat” screenplay is currently up for an Academy Award (see ” ‘Dreamgirls’ Leads Oscar Noms — Without Best Picture Or Beyonce” ) — is in pre-production on “Bruno,” a similarly themed flick about a gay Austrian television reporter. The star could not be reached for comment, and calls to Fox went unreturned at press time.
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This story was originally published at 6:19 p.m. ET on 02.08.2007