Borat Meets the Legal System
For anyone wondering how Sacha Baron Cohen duped people into giving him interviews for his new movie, "Borat," Jeremy Telman at ContractsProf Blog, provides a pointer to the answer, in the form of the release they signed. At least now that the film involves an issue of contract law, he writes, he can justify canceling class to take his students to see it.
Others are less eager to see the box-office hit. As BBC reports in How Borat Hoaxed America, the release was the final step in the ensnarement of the film's interview subjects:
"Most of Borat's victims were ensnared in a similar way. They would be contacted by a woman calling herself Chelsea Barnard from a fictional film company, One America Productions.
"They would be told about the foreign correspondent making a film about life in the US, with the pitch tailored to each person's specialist subject.
"Then on the day of the interview, they would be presented with a release form at the last minute, be paid in cash and, finally, Borat would amble in, beginning with some serious subjects before starting his provocative routine.
At Concurring Opinions, Nate Oman wonders whether the release "will hold up if Cohen gets to experience another aspect of trans-Atlantic barbarism: a good 'ole fasion American lawsuit." Well, as Conglomerate reports, we are about to find out. A lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court claims that the film's producers plied several interview subjects with alcohol before presenting them with the release. Time will tell whether the lawsuit will "make benefit" for the anonymous plaintiffs.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 10, 2006 at 03:36 PM | Permalink
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