SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

SXSW: We Saw the First Footage Ever for Bruno!

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March 16, 2009

Bruno

Those of us attending SXSW in Austin were treated to 22 minutes of raw footage of the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie Bruno, the funny man's follow up to Borat, where he plays a gay Austrian fashion reporter for youth TV. The footage spanned three scenes, each of which included a personal SXSW greeting from Cohen. To the say the material was funny is a laughable insult itself. This brief look at Bruno quite possibly promises a more raucous laugh than Borat, which is no small feat. But how, you might ask? Take the first scene, which has Bruno interviewing parents in an attempt to find the right baby for a video production.

Bruno asks, "Is your child comfortable with dead or dying animals? Is he fine with lit phosphorous? Can your baby loose ten pounds this next week?" Of course, the laughs come into play when the parents oddly and honestly reply, "yes" to most questions. If they're names ever get revealed, I'm sure CPS will pay them a visit. The second scene has Bruno appearing on a local Jerry Springer-like talk show wherein he discusses the difficulty of being a single dad - a gay, single dad that has adopted a black baby who dons a shirt (a baby belly-shirt, no less) that says "gayby" in gold lettering. The reactions of the mostly African American audience is just insane, especially when Bruno shows off family portraits of the two.

The third and final sequence we were privy to is one that was actually reported on slightly last year. Bruno assumes the personality of "Straight Dave" and hosts Straight Dave's Man Slammin' Max Out, inviting rednecks (and I may be using that term too politely) to a testosterone-filled event that promises pure heterosexual wrestling. Bruno doesn't hide his accent (or lisp) very well, which incites a choice slur from an audience member. Said member confronts Bruno (aka Straight Dave) in the ring, which leads to one of the most shocking if not slightly touching scenes ever put to "Can you Feel the Love Tonight".

These sequences may seem disjointed, but Cohen's foreword helped connect the dots. Indeed, there is a clear and wonderfully twisted tale underpinning the shenanigans, which at one point is described as Bruno's quest "to be the most famous Austrian since Hitler." We have to thank the studio and SXSW for bringing us this little treat, which apparently was no easy task and a surprise to many. From what I saw, Bruno may just redefine outrageous and will probably outdo Borat. And I never expected to say that! Universal will be bringing Bruno to theaters on July 10th this summer, so stay tuned for the first trailer and much more.

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  • Big John
    I LOVE Bruno, he is (in my opinion at least) Sacha Baron Cohen's BEST character... Roll on July. :D
  • PJ H
    july 10th you say? no i know what im doing for my birthday :D
  • Sean
    Holy shit.... I told my friends about Bruno and they didnt believe me haha... can not wait!!! does is have a "story" to it lke Borat tried to have haha...
  • Sean
    WAIT! forgot to add something.... The Gay Parade in Borat was the most hilarious.... so if he is gay here. oh man!
  • Metatasian
    One of the best clips of Bruno i have seen (from the series) is where he gets the group of guys on the beach to shout P.A.R.T.Y. and then he gets them to pose with their shirts off and then reveals that its all being filmed for Austrian 'Gay TV' check out the link its hilarious! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhP0tOm6yt0 I'm so looking forward to this movie!!!!
  • Mario Tenorio
    Oh man, this is going to be hilarious. Thanks for the "teaser". I can´t wait.
  • http://firstshowing.net kevin
    It really is amazing that he is able to pull such scenes off after the success of Borat. What it must be like for his team and handlers to set up scenarios in which his identity isn't revealed. And the security that's able to whisk him away, considering how outraged and near violent the dupees are. You won't believe the Straight Dave Slammin' scene. Absolutely nuts!
  • http://firstshowing.net kevin
    Oh, and I failed to mention the "traditional" African American name Bruno gave his adopted baby.... O.J. :)
  • Jont
    LOL
  • Mike
    This sounds awesome. I wish it would come out sooner.
  • http://www.dropcards.com/oct8pus Google The Oct8pus
    Who wrote this piece? Please go learn some grammar... Ja ja or Nicht nicht??

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