Sacha Baron Cohen as Racist, Corrupt, Spanish Cop in 'Torrente'?
Here in the United States, plenty of people are familiar with the vulgar stylings of Borat and Brüno thanks to the comedic, chameleon antics of Sacha Baron Cohen. But around the world, other nations have their own gross and offensive characters that even have their own franchises. So it's interesting that 24 Frames reports Cohen may be taking a crack at a Hollywood version of Torrente, a dark action comedy franchise following the antics of drunk, corrupt, racist and very obese Spanish police officer Jose Luis Torrente. Over in Spain, a series of three of these movies have been hits at the box office with a fourth in the works.
Apparently Cohen has expressed extreme interest in the project, and the talent on the page seems to be a big factor. The "Seinfeld" writing trio of Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel are behind Cohen's decided next project The Dictator and are now working on the Torrente script. Cohen has met with New Line several times about the film and apparently wants to go so far as to set the movie in Spain. But as 24 Frames points out, Cohen is very picky about his leading roles, and this project could easily fall to the wayside.
However, even if Cohen does take on this extremely offensive and unlikable character, we may be looking at another film that can't quite measure up to the lovable idiocy of Borat. I've maintained that one of the reasons Brüno didn't take off as well at the box office was because the titular character is just a straight-up arrogant douchebag, whereas Borat is a charming and clueless moron bordering on being a lost man-child. Anyway, the project sounds like it has some potential, so we'll keep you posted as the story develops. Anyone interested?