Who is Sacha Baron Cohen's bodyguard? He saved 'Borat' actor's life twice, fans say they 'want a film on him'
In 2009, Sacha Baron Cohen hired Enrique Iglesias' bodyguard for interviewing a terrorist
Sacha Baron Cohen stole the show at the 78th Golden Globe Awards on February 28, 2021. Not only did he win two of the most coveted awards, but he also managed to send out a powerful political message through his exceptional sense of humor.
However, the highlight of his speech, aside from the time he roasted Rudy Giuliani, was perhaps when he thanked his anonymous bodyguard for saving his life twice. As it turns out, the British actor was attacked by Trump supporters during a gun-rally and was almost on the verge of getting shot when his bodyguard emerged as his savior.
Who is Sacha Baron Cohen's bodyguard?
While the identity of Sacha Baron Cohen's was not disclosed by the actor, he made sure to express his sincere thanks to his lifesaver.
"To the field team who literally risked their lives. And most thanks of all to my bodyguard, who stopped me [from] getting shot twice. You know who you are, and you know I'm not allowed to say your name, but thank you," he said.
In the mockumentary 'Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm' in 2020, Baron Cohen attempted to persuade people to vote against Donald Trump in the Presidential elections. During the shooting of the film, Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat attended a rally by Trump supporters where some were brandishing firearms since he later referred to the event as a 'gun rally'. However, the crowd soon figured out that the actor was not a MAGA supporter but was there to mock them, as he spoke on the stage. Soon, the crowd turned on him and he had to flee the stage as fast as possible.
He soon learned from his bodyguard that there was one attendee at the rally who reached for his gun when Baron Cohen was speaking on stage. It was his bodyguard who bravely grabbed the hand of the person and saved the actor's life in turn.
"You know, escaping from that gun rally - you know, I spoke to the security guard afterward and he just said, listen, a few seconds later and this could have ended very differently. If I hadn't have had a security guard who luckily grabbed the hand of, you know, somebody who reached for his gun, who knows?" he told the DailyMail. In fact, it was dangerous and risky incidents like this that prompted Baron Cohen to officially retire from playing Borat.
In another incident, the actor was hunted down by the Secret Service for his political shenanigans, when his bodyguard helped him escape in a getaway car. "(My bodyguard says), 'The Secret Service know you're here, and that something's up, they don't know what it is, whether it's an attack or something's going on, and they're looking for you," he recalled his bodyguard saying, reports Page Six.
Though it is unclear who is the celebrated bodyguard of Sacha Baron Cohenis, a 2009 report by Celebrity ad World says that he hired the bodyguard of singer Enrique Iglesias for an interview with a terrorist, for his fim 'Bruno'. When all security firms rejected his request, only this individual agreed to work with him. However, it is unknown if this is the same person who has saved his life.
Twitter asks for a 'movie about Sacha Baron Cohen's bodyguard'
Sacha Baron Cohen revelation about the attempt on his life had the Twitterati in shock, many of whom slammed the gun violence problem in AMerica.
"@SachaBaronCohen just thanked his bodyguard at the #GoldenGlobes for keeping him from getting shot during filming and he wasn't allowed to even say the guy's name- Im assuming for safety reasons. What the absolute fuck America?! Get your gun-obsessed shit together, you psychos," wrote one user. "Thank you to @SachaBaronCohen’s bodyguard who prevented him from getting shot... twice?! Seriously. #GoldenGlobes," wrote another.
.@SachaBaronCohen just thanked his bodyguard at the #GoldenGlobes for keeping him from getting shot during filming and he wasn't allowed to even say the guy's name- Im assuming for safety reasons.— kaybriekay (@kaybriekay) March 1, 2021
What the absolute fuck America?! Get your gun-obsessed shit together, you psychos
And it seemed like Baron Cohen's anonymous bodyguard gained a bit of a fan following as well. "I absolutely want a movie about Sacha Baron Cohen's bodyguard now," tweeted a fan, while another demanded 'more information on Sacha Baron Cohen's bodyguard'.
I absolutely want a movie about Sacha Baron Cohen's bodyguard now.— Ellie Boren (@ellieboren) March 1, 2021
I need more information on Sacha Baron Cohen’s bodyguard.— Peter Leeb (@peterleeb) March 1, 2021
And there were a few users who wanted to take the credit for saving the actor's life by jokingly claiming that they were his bodyguard. "It’s me. I was Sacha Baron Cohen’s bodyguard." - tweeted a user. "@SachaBaronCohen I will be your personal bodyguard and stunt double. Nuts of steel." another volunteered.
It’s me. I was Sacha Baron Cohen’s bodyguard.— Karli Cole (@KarliCole) March 1, 2021
@SachaBaronCohen I will be your personal bodyguard and stunt double. Nuts of steel.— BLM ✊🏿 (@BoxYourSocksOff) October 27, 2020