Sacha Baron Cohen has teased the return of another of his infamous characters – Ali G.
After bringing back Borat Sagdiyev for a surprise sequel movie last year, the actor and comedian briefly donned the baggy outfits of Ali G during a secretive stand-up set at The Comedy Store in Sydney last June.
Cohen – who has been living in New South Wales, Australia with his wife, actress Isla Fisher, during the pandemic – confirmed in an interview with GQ: "Yes. I just wanted to get on stage and muck around and see what Ali G would be like with a crowd. It was really good fun."
Cohen had so much fun, in fact, that he is considering bringing back the character, a white wannabe rapper imitating hip-hop and British Jamaican culture.
"Yes, I think I would," he said when asked whether he would return as Ali G.
"Because the reason I became a comedian was that I loved people laughing at my jokes. To actually hear laughter is a rare thing for me. When I do the movies, I think it is funny, but I have to wait three months to hear an audience laugh."
Doing stand-up is also a safer way for Cohen to play the characters his fans know and love. The actor addressed getting death threats for his satirical style and why he intends to give up his on-screen undercover work.
"I mean, listen, the idea, really, is to give up all my undercover work now. I'd far prefer to work with [Aaron] Sorkin or people like Martin Scorsese or Adam McKay. It is a lot easier, more pleasurable and you don't have to wear a bulletproof vest when going to work," Cohen said.
Earlier this year, the English actor was nominated at the Academy Awards for his supporting role in Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7. Borat's sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, also earned Cohen an Oscar nod for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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