Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Submit to Borat

On the heels of the runaway success of Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to the Tim Burton-directed Sweeney Todd--as Pirelli.

Not since Phantom of the Opera came to the big screen has there been such great news.

Can we get over SBC already? Please? Or do we all have to pretend that he's the greatest comic genius in the history of the world for another couple of years before his schtick gets old? Because eventually, he's going to come back to earth and settle somewhere in the firmament between Chevy Chase and Robin Williams.

7 comments:

cinekat said...

The Austrian tourist board is already freaking - they're scared he'll shoot here as gay Neonazi "Boris" next... Theree have already been media and governmental inquiries into the economic effects as compared to Kazakhstan! No joke.

Anonymous said...

His schtick is already old! I've seen so much of it on the web, I see no point in shelling out any $$$ to watch this flick: besides, if you've seen a 2 minute clip, you've watched the whole movie.

Anonymous said...

cinekat, it isn't "Boris", it's Bruno, from Funkezeit Mit Bruno on Da Ali G Show.

arrScott said...

It's not SBC, it's the whole comedy of audience excruciation that I wish would go away. Like The Office, the British original, which on the one hand is absolutely genius but on the other hand is basically unwatchable. You don't laugh because it's funny by any normal standard, you laugh because the basic cruelty of the several premises of any one scene is so unspeakable that you're left with no other response but to laugh while you cringe in sympathetic horror.

Of course, The Office is tolerable because it's fiction. With Borat, SBC applies the same level of cruelty to real people and asks us to laugh at them. (And at himself, too, but he clearly means us to laugh at his real victims at least as much as at his fictional perpetrator.) I mean, we may think the Three Stooges are hilarious, but hopefully we wouldn't laugh if someone poked a stranger in the eyes right in front of us. And that's pretty much what Borat amounts to.

So I'm ready for the whole cringe comedy era to end.

Plus, SBC as Borat was completely unfunny on the Daily Show. When Jon Stewart isn't even trying on an off day and he's funnier than you, that's scientific proof that you're not a comic genius.

Bill Walsh said...

And that's why Flava Last put the beatdown on him:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006520669,00.html

I am surprised that the Sun didn't quote him shouting, "This is how we do it in the N.J., bitch!"

And, yep, the whole comedy-of-cruelty thing is definitely played out, although I suspect as long as there are Britons, it will persist, since it's rather woven into the British social structure. It's the flip side of the comedy of embarassment which has made, among others, Hugh Grant a multi millionaire...

Anonymous said...

Amen. The second the cringe comedy era ends (Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, I'm looking at you), I'll start seeing comedies again.

Anonymous said...

Kazakh / Borat Smoke screen - deflect attention...

Meanwhile there in Kazakhstan Human rights and religious freedoms are being abused...

- UK prime minister Tony Blair brings up Hindu persecution with Kazakh prime minister

- London Stock exchange - UK Hindus protest as Kazakh prime minister visits.

- India - multiple protests as Hindu world is outraged

http://www.sivaramaswami.com/?p=338 (video and images)
http://article.wn.com/view/2006/11/22/UK_protests_against_Kazakh_Hindus_harassment/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/UK_slams_Kazakh_Hindus_harassment/articleshow/520439.cms