High five! Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay fine for Czech tourists sporting Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan
Sacha Baron Cohen made the mankini famous when he donned a lime green version for his portrayal of the titular character in comedy movie Borat.
And he has now offered to pay the fines of six Czech tourists who donned replica skimpy lime green one-pieces in Kazakhstan, where the 2006 film was partly set, after they were detained by police for wearing the outfits.
Sacha – who is married to Isla Fisher – wrote on Facebook: “To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I’ll pay your fine.
While Borat, a fictional Kazakh TV journalist, would’ve been proud of their efforts, the officials were less so and fined them 2,500 Tenge (£51) each for their “indecent” appearance, according to the Kazakh news website informburo.kz.
As well as their scantily-clad attire, the sextet also wore black wigs to get into character in a bid to take a picture of themselves in front of the “I Love Astana” sign in the Kazakh capital.
Sacha’s 2006 movie, Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, to give it its full title, told the story of fictional journalist Borat Sagdiyev who travelled to the US to make a documentary.
But the film attracted controversy with a number of Kazakhs disappointed with how the country was portrayed, with some claiming it made their nation look primitive and backward, despite being shot in Romania.
Authorities banned the movie and sales of the DVD, and threatened to sue the actor.
However, in April 2012, the nation’s Foreign Minister, Yerzhan Kazykhanov, thanked the film for boosting tourism.
He said: “With the release of this film, the number of visas issued by Kazakhstan grew tenfold.
“I am grateful to ‘Borat’ for helping attract tourists to Kazakhstan.”
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