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Sacha Baron Cohen Details How He Crashed Mike Pence's Rally

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By Chris Barilla

Sacha Baron Cohen has been stirring up quite a bit of hype for the sequel to his infamous "Borat" film, set to premiere to Amazon Prime users on October 23. 

Between promotion on his own Instagram account, a separate one he set up specifically for the Borat Sagdiyev character, and messages from Amazon Prime, slowly but surely fans have been getting more and more glimpses of what to expect from the politically-charged sequel. 

Now, Cohen has sat down for a lengthy interview with The New York Times to discuss the film, his process, and a myriad of other details about his life.

Impersonating Trump

Cohen poses dressed as Borat
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Although Cohen has unapologetically "had a longstanding distaste for the president," those feelings didn't stop him one bit from impersonating him in the most boisterous and hilarious way possible. 

On just how he managed to sneak into a Mike Pence rally dressed in an overly-proportioned Trump suit, Cohen commented, "Obviously, I'm wearing a fat suit, how do I get in and how do I get out?" Beyond that, he was also carrying the actress playing his daughter in the film on his shoulder, adding another layer of difficulty into pulling off the gag.

The Plan

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In order to pull off the stunts needed for "Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," Cohen said copious hours of costume work were needed, considering security was to "check everyone's bodies going through" as they entered the rally, making the task of sneaking into it in an oversized costume a pretty hard one.

The actor then detailed exactly what the process was to get him into a hyper-realistic, yet still exaggerated Trump costume for the rally.

Donning The Costume

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"Bear in mind, I spent five hours in makeup that morning with the prosthetic team changing my face into Trump's face," Cohen recalled to the publication during the interview. "This fat suit is huge. It's a 56-inch fat suit to turn my waist into Trump's because we had estimated that was the most realistic."

Alongside the mounting difficulty (and a security scanner going off at the event that Cohen attributed to a nonexistent defibrillator) he claimed to have hid in a bathroom for hours to throw security off of his tail.

Breaking In

Sacha Baron Cohen and Nathan Felder pose for a selfie
Sacha Baron Cohen / Instagram

"Then I ended up hiding in the bathroom, listening to conservative men go to the toilet for five hours until I broke into the room," he went on to explain, eventually emerging to act on his gag. "We were surrounded by Secret Service and police and internal security," he said of the situation as soon as he moved on from the bathroom.

Nonetheless, his gag seemingly worked, and fans will have to wait until October 23 to see exactly what went down when Borat confronted the Vice President of the United States.

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