Before filming commenced, Borat 2 director Jason Woliner was convinced that a sequel movie was a bad move.
Since the first movie, the Sacha Baron Cohen cult have patiently awaited a Borat sequel. And this was finally the year.
We were gifted Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, also known as Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Or even more commonly known as Borat 2.
In the lead-up to the film, the details were scarce, having made the hype only more poignant.
And now that the follow-up to the 2006 film is all said and done, it’s now been revealed that the director for Borat 2 actually tried to convince Baron Cohen not to make the movie.
As reported by CinemaBlend, Borat 2 director Jason Woliner had some concerns about a sequel film.
He told Insider, “I was the first person Sacha called about directing this. I went into the meeting with him and Anthony Hines, who is a writer that’s been involved in everything Sasha has done, Monica Levinson the producer, and a few other people. I told him I loved the script, but I came on very strong. I basically said that Borat is the funniest movie ever made and that it’s almost certainly a mistake to do a sequel.”
He went on to say, “I said in almost every version of this it’s a disaster: most comedy sequels aren’t good, the long-delayed sequels are extremely tough, and because of the nature of the movie, Borat is one of the most popular comedy characters of the last century so you have to find people who don’t know who he is.”
And according to CinemaBlend, Woliner’s transparency actually positively contributed towards the project. “Sacha of course was completely aware of all of it and agreed with everything I said. If I had to guess, I think he respected that I came in with eyes open that I knew what a daunting task it was.”