Wednesday, December 5, 2007
DRIVERS ED INSTRUCTOR IN "BORAT" SUING MAKERS OF FILM
From the NY POST:
A DRIVERS education instructor is suing the makers of "Borat," claiming Sacha Baron Cohen and 20th Century Fox took him for a wild, life-threatening ride. Michael Psenicska was duped into participating in the film believing it was "a documentary about the integration of foreign people into the American way of life," according to a suit filed in Manhattan federal court seeking $400,000 in damages. Instead, Psenicska encountered Cohen's "kissie huggie" routine. Then, Cohen "attempted to engage the seatbelt on by wrapping it between his legs, and twisting it all different ways, and struggling like a child," the suit says. The comic, playing a phony Kazakh reporter, then took off down the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic. When Psenicska protested, the suit states, Cohen rolled down the window and offered a female pedestrian $10 for "sexy time" and hollered "Chocolate man!" to a black pedestrian. Psenicska says he told Cohen as he exited the car "that he needed a lot of practice, but not to call [him]." Psenicska claims he was paid just $500 and signed paperwork without reading it after he was told it was "standard." Calls to 20th Century Fox were not returned.