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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

They had their doubts about Borat



(Cohen as Borat, Reuters photo by David Gray)

A Newton man who was duped by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen into appearing in the movie "Borat" says he didn't suspect anything was strange until the very end.

Joseph Behar and his wife, Miriam, are the couple in the movie who offer to put up Cohen's fictional foreign journalist, Borat, in a bed and breakfast they own.

Borat, who is portrayed as a clueless clod from a backward country, and his sidekick check in. But they become horrified and flee when they learn the Behars are Jewish. (The inside joke is that Cohen himself is Jewish.)

Behar said he and his wife didn't suspect anything until near the end of Borat's stay, when he told them he was going to marry a woman in Malibu.

"I've spent many years in California, and I know what the people are like in Malibu," said Behar. Borat, he said, is not the kind of guy who could get a girl in Malibu.

... Not to mention the fact that the woman Borat was probably referring to was Pamela Anderson. Borat has a hopeless crush on her in the movie.

-- Erica Tochin

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