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What Language Does Borat Speak in the Mockumentary? It's not Kazakh...


Oct. 23 2020, Updated 11:59 a.m. ET

Controversial Kazakhstan television journalist Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) is back. And, he's heading to America — not to marry Pamela Anderson — but to gift his daughter to Vice President Mike Pence in the sequel film, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

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Audiences were first introduced to the "Kazakh personality" in 2006 in the mockumentary film. With memorable (yet questionable) lines, fans of Borat couldn't stop repeating phrases such as, "very nice" and "king in the castle."

In the first installment, viewers watched as Borat (Cohen) spoke broken English to the camera and another language. So, what language does the actor actually speak in the film, and is it Kazakh?

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What language does Borat speak? It's not Kazakh...

Though the character of Borat is supposed to be from Kazakhstan, actor Sacha Baron Cohen does not speak the language. In the two films, the 49-year-old is actually speaking perfect Hebrew. 

According to The Guardian, due to the character speaking Hebrew, the film became very popular in Israel. 

Though Borat's schtick is that he spats anti-semitic views, in real-life the actor is actually Jewish. The British comedian's mother was born in Israel and while in high school, Sacha reportedly was part of a Zionist Jewish youth group. He also reportedly spent a year working in northern Israel (via The Guardian). 

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Was 'Borat' really filmed in Kazakhstan?

The 2006 film opens with Borat introducing viewers to his native village, which is located in Kazakhstan. Though Sacha filmed on-location in an impoverished community, it was not located in Kazakhstan, but in a small Romanian village known as Glod. 

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Glod reportedly is only home to 1,000 people and does not have any running water or sewage. According to reports, the townspeople of Glod were extremely upset after Sacha filmed in their small community as the residents were apparently not clued in to the jokes that were being made at their expense.

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The Dailymail reported that after the film's release, the people of Glod filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox and the actor for how they were negatively portrayed in the film.

Though Borat comes back to the United States in the sequel, the trailer shows the television personality hauling a cart in a small village.

However, it's safe to assume Sacha and his production team did not return to Glod to film scenes in the Russian village. 

According to reports, the follow-up mockumentary was filmed in Los Angeles, Texas, South Carolina, and more places across the United States. With Borat crashing a Pence rally, living with alt-right republicans during quarantine, and more, it's safe to assume there will be a lot of gags and memorable moments in the new movie.

Borat 2 is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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