Borat is dead and so is Ali G, according to the man who created and played the two fictional characters.
Sacha Baron Cohen told the Daily Telegraph Friday that he will no longer play the characters that made him famous.
Borat was an outrageously anti-Semitic, horribly sexist news reporter from Kazakhstan who starred in the mocumentary “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” The movie grossed more than $260 million. Ali G was an outlandish white wannabe gangster rapper who was the star of the “Ali G Show,” which first brought Cohen into the international spotlight.
“When I was being Ali G and Borat I was in character sometimes 14 hours a day and I came to love them, so admitting I am never going to play them again is quite a sad thing,” he said. “It is like saying goodbye to a loved one. It is hard, and the problem with success, although it’s fantastic, is that every new person who sees the Borat movie is one less person I ‘get’ with Borat again, so it’s a kind of self-defeating form, really.”