Sacha Baren Cohen's Bruno On the Loose in Kansas?
One movie I simply can't wait for is Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno. The film is based on a character of the same name that Cohen created for "Da Ali G Show" on HBO. As most folks know, the brilliant funnyman kicked up some serious dust last year with the comedic terrorism that was Borat. Most audiences thought it was pure hilarity, while the duped participants weren't so amused; some, in fact, sued. Given that the formula for success here is stealth execution such that the prey doesn't know they're being made fun of, news coverage on Bruno has been sparse. However, a couple of botched attempts in Kansas lead us to believe that Cohen's crew is up to no good in that state.
Over the last year, reported sightings of Cohen and his suspicious film crew have cropped up many times. Earlier this month, "a film crew claiming to be making a film about culture in America" infiltrated a church and airport in Wichita, Kansas. Sounds like Bruno.
For the airport incident, "Officials there are reviewing its media policies after the so-called German documentary film crew made a scene inside the main terminal on Friday." Apparently, the airport was contacted last month to film part of a documentary onsite. Everything seemed on the up and up, "until the cameras came on and the clothes came off. Witnesses say it almost looked like pornography. In the middle of the terminal, the film crew began stripping down. They were escorted out of the airport by police, and told to leave."
No official word on anyone definitely spotting Cohen, or what exactly they were filming. Bruno's shtick, however, is not exactly G-rated, so the description of the scene certain jives. "Wichita Police, along with the Attorney General, are investigating the prank. Airport officials say it wasn't necessarily illegal, but it was unethical and highly inappropriate for a public location where security is paramount." Well, of course. Otherwise it wouldn't be funny!
More blasphemous than this, the same crew apparently tried to interrupt an Easter Sunday play at the Central Community Church. Sadly, one of the pastors foiled any funny business when he noticed the crew starting to cover up security cameras in the church. The head pastor is quoted as saying, "Thankfully, God protected us." (I guess there's one laugh to get out of this.)
Bruno is supposed to come out later this year, and is a "character claiming to be a reporter from an Austrian television station and interviews unsuspecting guests about topics such as fashion, entertainment, celebrities and homosexuality, with an emphasis on the latter as each interview progresses." IMDb indicates European releases starting in October. I haven't seen much mention of domestic release dates yet, though. And in case you forgot, the full title for film is Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt. Brilliant.