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Monday, November 13, 2006

Bamboozled by Borat

NEWTON

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(Comedian Cohen clowning at a Southern dinner party)

A Newton family has a role in "Borat," the comedy movie that has swept the nation for the past two weeks -- and they never even asked for it.

ABC News reports that Joe Behar of Newton and his family were duped into participating in the movie.

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who posed as a clueless clod of a foreign journalist making a documentary about America, has been criticized by other people who thought he was real and found themselves depicted in his movie.

In the movie, the journalist Borat and his sidekick book a night at a bed and breakfast owned by the Behars. But since the two foreigners are virulently anti-Semitic, they are horrified to learn that the Behars are Jewish and eventually flee. (The inside joke is that Cohen himself is Jewish.)

In a CBS4-TV report tonight, though, the family said it had no hard feelings about the movie.

Behar's wife, Miriam, even said she considered Cohen a comedy "genius."


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