Sacha Baron Cohen's Latest Trick


Jul. 8 2008, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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Sacha Baron Cohen has struck again!

The comedian has confused and fooled many a common folk as the one and only Borat, but for his latest duping, he set his sights high on former spy and political analyst Yossi Alpher.

Currently filming his upcoming comedy Bruno, based on his notoriously flamboyant and inappropriate gay TV interviewer/alter ego, Sacha and Co. approached Yossi about doing an interview for their documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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"The producers explained that our interviewer, a German rock star, was the perfect person to establish strong communication with our audience," Yossi wrote in a column The Forward.

Excited, Yossi, a former intelligence officer for the Israel Defense Force, approached the interview seriously, but soon discovered it was anything but.

Discussing Hamas, Bruno said, according to Yossi: "Vait, vait. Vat's zee connection between a political movement and food? Vy humous? Yesterday I had to throw away my pita bread because it vas dripping humous. Unt it's too high in carbohydrates."

Sacha Baron Cohen

Confused, Yossi carried on, but knew he was done for when "the interviewer declared, 'Your conflict is not so bad. Jennifer-Angelina is worse.'"

Still, Yossi remained a good sport about the duping, finishing the interview and playing along with Bruno's "idiotic questions" and joining in on the "mind-boggling song about the epic Middle East conflict between 'Jews and Hindus.'"

"We ourselves were not being ridiculed - only the conflict that occupies and preoccupies us," he said.

Yossi signed a release form for the film, so you can watch the whole segment unfold in all its glory when the film opens in May 2009.


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