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Satirical comedian, Sacha Baron Cohen, is back with a new Sony Pictures released film, The Brothers Grimsby, in which a man discovers his brother is an MI6 agent and has to help him as he inadvertently becomes involved in a diabolical plot. While Cohen’s films always provoke some form of controversy, his latest endeavor, involves current presidential contender, and known hothead, Donald Trump.
Near the end of the film, a character who is supposed to be Donald Trump is reportedly infected with AIDS by the blood of another character who is supposed to be Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe. In a disturbing act of synchronicity, Radcliffe’s character is shot and his blood then flies into the mouth of the Trump character.
Cohen made it known through his Borat character during a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he is a not a fan of Trump. In fact Borat was convinced that Donald Trump was just another one of Cohen’s characters because he didn’t seem like a real person. “The only person who would ban Muslims is someone with a brain like a female chicken. It is clearly a parody of a rich American racist” he told Kimmel.
While Trump and his campaign did not comment on the satirical cameo, Trump is very aware of Cohen and his characters. He once walked out on an Ali G interview in 2012, which he says he recognized as a “scam” right away.
Because of the mutual dislike between Cohen and Trump, and the fact that Trump pretty much sues everyone and everything that says or does something he takes personally, Sony asked Cohen to remove the scene. Although Cohen declined, he did agree to add a disclaimer at the end of the film, which makes it clear that the movie is a farce and that Trump was not actually a part of the film.
While Sony doesn’t seem to be actively advertising the film, they may have a similar strategy to The Brothers Grimsby as they did with James Franco and Seth Rogen’s The Interview last year. Although no one has tried to hack Sony or boycott the film this time, they may be relying on word of mouth and digital downloads, which seemed to work for The Interview.
The Brothers Grimsby opens in theaters on March 11th.