‘Hugo’ Exclusive Featurette: Sacha Baron Cohen Goes Method

You can’t expect a man who made a career out of uncomfortable interviews, like Sacha Baron Cohen has, to behave himself on the DVD special features, and he doesn’t.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes look from the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of “Hugo,” Baron Cohen and his director, Martin Scorsese, discuss the work that went into creating the character of the Station Inspector for the Academy Award-nominated movie. If they’re both to be believed, it wasn’t a pleasant experience for anyone involved.

Just like Robert De Niro, under Scorsese’s direction for “Raging Bull,” Baron Cohen said he put on a large amount of weight in preparation for the role. “I decided to put on three stone,” he said. “I wanted to create the effect of triple chin, which I felt in the 3D would be quite powerful.”

Scorsese explained that Baron Cohen’s goal in all of this was possibly to win an Academy Award. “He was really feeling that he wanted to be in the running for certain serious accolades, so to speak,” he said.

Be sure to check out the clip in its entirety up above.

“Hugo” comes out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 28.

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