Another day, another outrageous Brüno interview. On Tuesday, MTV News caught up with Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego at a screening of his upcoming movie in Brooklyn, where he dished about the difficulties of being a 19-year-old manorexic and claimed the city of Paris, France, was named after America's most notorious tramp. On Thursday morning (July 9), Brüno stopped by the "Today" show to drop a little of his trademark absurdity on Matt Lauer.
Wearing a futuristic silver tracksuit and a tiny black hat, Brüno was happy to discuss what he'd learned while filming a scene in which he attempts to broker a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians — after doing research by watching "The Mummy" and 20 minutes of "Aladdin."
"The situation there is really complex," Brüno said. "The Palestinians have got their enemies, the Israelis. But I've got my enemies too. My enemies are carbohydrates. I've had to declare jihad on Häagen-Dazs."
Yet Brüno believes he has identified the true culprit behind the intractable Middle East conflict. "The real problem there is fashion," he declared. "If I opened my wardrobe and all I saw was a black burka and some sandals, I'd blow myself up too. Here is a real statistic, America: Not one suicide bomber has ever blown themselves up while wearing Marc Jacobs."
Unsurprisingly, not everyone can see the humor in such answers, nor in Brüno's movie (out this Friday), and controversy surrounding his portrayal of a gay Austrian has cropped up in some corners. During the "Today" interview, Lauer told Brüno that the Austrian minister to Great Britain has called for a boycott of the film.
"What? Austria's turning on me now?" Brüno said, fighting off tears. "I just heard about this now. This is a very private moment. Close-up, please," he said to the camera.
"That is just so Austrian. They build you up and then they knock you down. First they did it to Arnie [Schwarzenegger], then they did it to Mozart — he had to leave Vienna, I don't know where he lives now. It's only a matter of time before they turn on Adolf [Hitler]. Hug me. I feel so lonely!"
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