Sacha Baron Cohen's New Movie Gives Donald Trump AIDS
Sony, the studio hacked by the North Koreans when they objected to 'The Interview,' will release 'The Brothers Grimsby' on March 11.
Hollywood is about to give Donald Trump AIDS.
In an upcoming movie from satirist Sacha Baron Cohen called The Brothers Grimsby, a character who is supposed to represent Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe (who is not in the film) is shot at and his apparently AIDS-tainted blood flies into Trump's mouth and infects him, too.
Sony, the studio hacked by the North Koreans when they objected to The Interview, also a comedy, will release The Brothers Grimsby on March 11.
Trump is also played by an actor, and the scene unfolds just before the end-credits begin to roll.
The Huffington Post reported that the studio, nervous about repercussions from famously litigious and outspoken Trump, asked Baron Cohen to take the scene out, but he declined.
"It's absolutely ridiculous," a Sony spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter of the claim that Baron Cohen asked to remove the scene. Trump's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Sony and Baron Cohen did, however, add a disclaimer to the end of the movie making it clear the real Trump didn't participate and the movie is a farcical comedy.
Baron Cohen has made it clear before that he's probably no fan of Trump. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he morphed into his Borat character and said of Trump: "The only person who would ban Muslims is someone with a brain like a female chicken."
There was some speculation Thursday that Baron Cohen might be up to his marketing tricks, and that the studio isn't nearly as concerned about the political fallout as is being reported.
Baron Cohen's stunts are so legendary that he was banned from the Oscars four years ago for fear of what he might do on the red carpet.
Trump has been critical of Baron Cohen and the comedian's alter ego Ali G, who would trick politicians into taking part in fake interviews. In 2012, Trump tweeted, "I never fall for scams. I am the only person who immediately walked out of my 'Ali G' interview."
It remains to be seen if Trump decides to respond to Sony but, suffice it to say, the studio ought to be well equipped to deal with any political controversy that comes its way, given its previous experience with The Interview.
That film showed an actor playing North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un getting blown to smithereens toward the end, and the Communist-dictatorship regime retaliated by hacking into Sony's computers and exposing thousands of sensitive emails.
Sony caught flack for initially bowing to the demands of the cyber-terrorists and yanking the film from the schedule. Chastised by no less than President Barack Obama, the studio reversed course and The Interview was eventually released in theaters and home video, and last year human rights activists even smuggled copies of the movie into North Korea.