I’ve been following the carrier of Sacha Baron Cohen for some time now, back to when Ali G was in his infancy. Something that stands out beyond the obvious hilarity are Sacha’s acting skills. He has the ability to zip open his characters like a Halloween costume and step inside them; he is truly lost inside those people. It’s a “Being John Malkovich Syndrome” two people are inside the same person at the same time, it’s sometimes hard to believe characters like Borat, or Bruno are not actual people, they’re so believable, yet un-believable.
For the first time Sacha is going to step out of the role of comedian and take on some weightier material. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a relatively unknown, yet incredibly important event in American history, and at the center of it was sixties political radical Abbie Hoffman. Sacha’s choosing this role may seem out of left field, but for me I say not really. I’ve always considered Cohen’s stuff to be political, it’s comedy, but it’s defiantly politically driven. He likes to shock his viewers by showing them, themselves, in their true light.
Abbie Hoffman used similar, in your face tactics to reach people, and get them to think politically, even is it was against his particular views. The trial, which the film is about, was a media circus that made Hoffman famous, and infamous. Cohen could claim the same kind of spin has occurred in his rise to fame, everyone and their brother is suing him, he receives death threats, sounds like a political persons life, yet he’s just a joke man.
Mr. Spielberg is helming the movie, yet has two other films that are slated to be shot before the Chicago 7 will be seeing any theatres, and that is after he finished the 4th Indiana Jones flick which is about done. The first of the two projects is Lincoln, an intimate telling of the life and troubles of our 16th president and his role in the American Civil War. Not much is known about it other than Tony Kushner pinned the thing, and Liam Neeson has signed on to play honest Abe. Sally Fields is rumored to be playing Mary Todd. Interstellar is the second film lined up for Spielberg, it’s being described as an exploration of physicist Kip Thorne’s theories of gravity fields, wormholes and several hypotheses that Albert Einstein was never able to prove. It’s being written by Jonathon Nolan, that’s the brother of director Christopher Nolan, so god only knows how nasty this could be. Jonathon also wrote the script for the new Dark Night Batman flick, so I’m going to bet this movie will kick ass.
Sacha Baron Cohen has a whole bunch of stuff on his plate as well, so like I said it’s going to be a bit before we get a little drama slipped in with our comedy, as far as Cohen is concerned. You can check out Spielberg and Cohen’s future film line-ups at IMDB.com, take a look because it’s a good idea to stay informed, and on top of what’s new. Lets keep our fingers crossed that this gosh darn WGA strike doesn’t fuck it all up.