Sacha Baron Cohen talks to Don Cheadle for Variety‘s latest “Actors on Actors” interview.
Cheadle asks Cohen about his show “Who Is America?”, with the show’s star admitting that the election of Donald Trump was its inspiration.
“Under Obama, there was no motivation to do it. I thought I would never do this kind of undercover stuff again because it’s exhausting. It’s terrifying for me. It’s occasionally dangerous.
“And then Trump gets in, and I immediately felt disappointed and angry. This was a guy who I’d had no respect for. I’d interviewed him as Ali G. And in ‘Borat’, I defecated in front of Trump Tower.”
Cohen says of the controversial interviews, “I don’t want anyone to get hurt, but I want to see people’s real thoughts. I’m provoking them sometimes to see the effect of this new political culture that we’re in.”
He adds that we’re in a crazy time right now with social media, telling Cheadle: “It’s not just Trump. We’re in the biggest revolution that’s happened in the history of civilization. We are in the internet age. It’s bigger than the Industrial Revolution.”
“It’s transformed the way people think; no one knows what facts are anymore. It allows people who are spreading lies to actually seem like they’re legitimate.”