I was one of the few people who found Sacha Cohen genuinely subversive and brilliant and not obnoxious, so when I saw The Dictator, I was disappointed that it was mostly hokey jokes about coconut water. I don’t know if I blame Cohen so much as the system of studio comedy, where they test every joke into a living death. Anyway, his next project could either be a return to form or more of the same. But it’s called “The Lesbian,” so there’s that.
Paramount is reteaming with The Dictator star Sacha Baron Cohen on The Lesbian, based on the story of the Hong Kong billionaire who offered $65 million to any man who could marry his homosexual daughter. Cohen and his Four By Two Films banner are producing what could serve as a starring vehicle for the actor. No writer is on board at this stage.
They don’t specify which role Cohen might play, but obviously, I’m hoping he’ll be the titular lesbian. Ha, I’ve always wanted to type “titular lesbian.” Whoa dude, is that hottie a lesbian? Titular!
Last week, Hong Kong real estate tycoon Cecil Chao made international news when he offered $65 million to any man that could pry his daughter from her female lover and marry her. [THR]
The problem with this story is that it already sounds like a hacky sitcom premise. Boy and girl start falling in love, girl finds out boy only started dating her on a bet and gets angry, they break up, but he wins her back by running through the airport for some reason. Somewhere, a Blackberry gets broken. It’s a story as old as time. But as any simple internet search will tell you, the public’s appetite for Asian lesbians is nigh insatiable.