18th May 2012Posted in: Uncategorized Comments Off
What The Dictator Learned from BoratFrom Cannes to Hollywood, Sacha Baron Cohen is back in the news this week as his latest mash-up of humor and political commentary makes it way into theaters, courtesy of The Dictator. If the moviemaker learned anything from Borat, it just may be that sweeping a number of unsuspecting "actors" into your film without their permission can turn into a very big headache.
After the release of Borat, 27 claims were filed against the Hollywood funnyman that eventually resulted in 10 lawsuits. All but one of these suits were dismissed or defeated, while the remaining one resulted in a small settlement. How did the story turn out so well for Borat when you consider the hundreds of folks who never signed a release at all and the dozens who did sign a release but wish they had thought twice?