Sacha Baron Cohen built a career for himself through taboo-breaking satire, but reprising his role as Borat amid the 2020 presidential election led to one especially nerve-wracking experience.
The actor and comedian appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday to chat about his latest project, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Now streaming on Amazon Prime, the well-received sequel to 2006’s “Borat” finds Cohen as the titular Kazakh TV journalist returning to the U.S. with 15-year-old daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova), hoping to offer her to Vice President Mike Pence.
One segment in the movie shows Cohen attending the Conservative Political Action Conference disguised as President Donald Trump. Transforming into the president, he said, required him to wear prosthetics and a fat suit. Getting past security, however, presented a different set of challenges.
“I got into a different disguise,” the actor and comedian told DeGeneres. “I did Trump’s hair differently, got past the CPAC security. … The [Transportation Security Administration] were kind of wanding me … and it beeped.”
“I was terrified, obviously,” he continued. “The…