Borat got high-fives and was liked for its black comedy. People appreciated how Sacha Baron Cohen got genuine reactions from the cast members. On the one hand, he faced legal trouble. On the other hand, Cohen troubled many people for casting them without prior notice. Thus, they question why people call him a genius if he troubled many lives.
However, several lawsuits were dismissed, causing minimal financial harm to Cohen. Pamela Anderson’s husband insulted her for appearing in that film. They divorced later, but she did not mention the insult as the reason.
Written, produced, and starred by an English comedian, writer, actor, and producer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat is a mockumentary black comedy film released in 2006. Its sequel was released in 2020. Kazakhstan publicly declared it evil, and almost all Arab countries banned it.
Is Borat Scripted According To Reddit Users?
Most scenes in Borat are unscripted except a few. Borat reacts with real Americans in several scenes. These scenes are unscripted because people really considered Borat a foreigner unaware of American customs.
The participants were asked to sign release forms to promise they would not sue the producers. Apart from that, the filmmakers did not tell them anything regarding their participation in the film. Some Reddit users believe the people interviewed in Kazakhstan knew they were doing it for a comedy film but considered Borat a real journalist.
The producers got a contract signed by the locals because they were about to get interviewed by a Kazakhstani journalist (fictional). Moreover, it is a black comedy film, and everyone would not like to get mocked for it. Meanwhile, some sued the producers for getting mocked even after signing the deal.
It is an official ‘unscripted’ film where the camera crew knew how to film it to get perfect and genuine shots. The characters knew where to sit, how long it would take, and where the cameras would be placed. However, they were free to deliver their own dialogues.
Only Sacha Baron Cohen, Pamela Anderson, Luenell, and Ken Davitian are the actors in the film, while the remaining cast consists of real people. So, only the storylines between these actors were scripted. Baron dived deep into reality and filmed several people and places without permission, which got him sued numerous times.
Almost everyone sued Cohen. He came into the sights of the FBI when he was in an ice cream van because people were suspicious of him. The filmmakers filmed Kazakhstan in a village called Glod in Romania. Spiridom Ciorebea and Nicolae Todorache sued Cohen on behalf of the whole village for $30 million because they were told about filming the village’s poverty before they learned the truth.
According to the film’s preview special released on Comedy Central, Cohen stared at a South Californian man in a bathroom in a restaurant, and the man sued Cohen for violating his privacy. The scene did not appear in the film but in the promo.
Filming Unscripted Scenes
As mentioned above, several scenes were unscripted, out of which the cast members knew about their participation. However, they only got the storylines instead of the scripts. So, they owned the moments before the camera and gave genuine expressions.
For instance, people must have been hired to take part in the ball. They only knew they had to appear before the camera but did not have any script. So, they did whatever they could. Similarly, the Jewish ladies knew they were appearing before an anti-Semitic character in a documentary. So, they knew they were getting filmed but had no scripts.
The filmmakers acquired the bakery on rent from the owner for filming and must have handled its routines and transactions for the day to keep it running.
The filmmakers must not have chosen random guys from the streets to play the QAnon guys, and they did not even give their payment or script. The house they appeared in might not be theirs. However, the QAnon guys knew about the filming.
In that case, the Reddit users debated over the reality of the QAnon guys. They were online all the time and must have read about Borat. So, they did not take Borat in as a stranger. Moreover, some think the house was acquired for the same purpose, and the entire scene was forced. Thus, it was staged, not scripted.