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03.17.09 14 Comments

The big question surrounding the Bruno movie was how Sacha Baron Cohen would pull his shenanigans with everyone knowing who he is.  Solution?  Film it in Alabama. They barely got color TV last spring.

The actor best known as “Borat” tricked the Alabama National Guard into allowing him onto a post, giving him a military uniform and briefly letting him train – all, supposedly, for a German TV documentary.

“They called and said they were a German affiliate of a TV station doing a documentary on what it was like to be in officer candidate school,” said Staff Sgt. Katrina Timmons. “They wanted to know if they could come here and embed one person for a few hours up to a day.”

“He was treated like a member of the media and escorted around. He was put in a uniform like he requested to allow him to get a taste of what it was like to be an officer candidate,” she said.

The ruse, which included comedian Sacha Baron Cohen exposing his thong underwear while changing clothes, was going well until a young cadet recognized Cohen and notified older officers who weren’t familiar with the actor.

“It’s an embarrassment to the Alabama National Guard,” Timmons said Monday. “Since then we have put in protocols to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” [JamShowbiz]

It’s a good thing no one’s trying to invade Alabama. Though I should say it’s a good thing no one was. I’m sure  Alabamians can sleep comfortably now that they’ve instituted “The Google Protocol.”

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