Mind you, discussions about the existence or otherwise of Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny have yet to take place.’‘As for the Tooth Fairy, I’m sure those conversations about her existence, or otherwise, will occur but as neither of my daughters has lost a tooth yet, she hasn’t really been on the agenda.We’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it!
driving through America in an ice cream van, that the FBI assigned a team to us.
And so we had the FBI and then we had the Secret Service.
‘I was called by a young man from California called Todd, and he told me he was a producer interested in doing a documentary about foreign people coming to this country. It was 90 degrees, they were late and I was ready to leave. ‘That evening, when I told my daughter, she thought it sounded like Ali G, who was on the TV channel HBO at the time. I’m not traumatised, I’m not a prude, but I was ticked off that I was deceived. They could have said that if this goes big time we’ll do such and such for you but they didn’t.
I’ve taught all kinds of foreign people to drive so I didn’t even ask to be paid. Then this young guy jumps in and thrusts $500 in my hand. I was expecting to be on HBO but eventually I forgot all about it.
The married father of four agreed to be filmed giving a Kazakh journalist a driving lesson for an educational video. I knew there was a camera in the car, and I didn’t want to create an international incident.
The events that took place became one of the funniest scenes in the film Borat. I’m not an idiot – I have a masters in mathematics – but I’m thinking that it was a public service-type documentary so I didn’t read it. ‘The next moment he was looking backwards, purposefully driving badly, taking out a vodka bottle, calling one guy a chocolate man. But I didn’t appreciate him bashing people and I’m not afraid to tell someone if they’re wrong. ‘I still get recognised but I don’t lose sleep over it. But as soon as I signed that piece of paper they didn’t care. But documentaries are about the Industrial Revolution, global warming, Winston Churchill, not what the hell he did.
: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Borat's sense of humour derives from his mocking of society through outrageous sociocultural viewpoints, his violation of social taboos and use of vulgar language and behaviour.
Cringe-making moments, yes — but as I relived them, I began to laugh, and that was all I needed to get myself in the mood for the film.’Raised in Australia by Scottish parents, she started her career playing Shannon Reed in Home & Away before going on to appear in Hollywood movies Scooby-Doo, Wedding Crashers, and Confessions Of A Shopaholic.