There goes the neigh­bour­hood

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Bri­tish ac­tor Sacha Baron Co­hen’s lat­est com­edy of­fen­sive leads all the way to Cape Town – where he climbed up Ta­ble Moun­tain wear­ing Ray-Bans and a cream fe­dora. The com­edy film Grimsby stars Co­hen, his foxy Wed­ding Crash­ers wife Isla Fisher, Pené­lope Cruz, Gabourey Sidibe and Rebel Wil­son. They have all be­ing stay­ing in plush apart­ments over­look­ing the yacht basin at the V&A Ma­rina for the past few weeks.

The pro­duc­tion kicked off film­ing in Eng­land and moved to South Africa ear­lier this month. It is sched­uled for re­lease next year.

Co­hen (42), who is most fa­mous for his char­ac­ters Ali G and Bo­rat, has caused ram­pant of­fence in the past and ap­pears to be at it again.

His lat­est film gives the small English town of Grimsby the treat­ment he gave Kaza­khstan in Bo­rat: putting it on the pop cul­ture map for all the wrong rea­sons.

He por­trays Grimsby as a run­down town strewn with lit­ter, and pop­u­lated by beer-swig­ging chil­dren and hooli­gan par­ents.

Scenes filmed in Eng­land fea­ture men uri­nat­ing from win­dows and scant­ily clad women swig­ging beer next to prams out­side boarded-up shop fronts.

The plot is based on a covert agent who goes on the run with his foot­baller brother, re­ports Bri­tish tabloid the Mail On­line.

Mean­while, a coun­cil­lor for Grimsby, Matthew Brown, told the Mail On­line he was “dis­ap­pointed” with the project be­cause it cast the town in “a poor light”.

Back in South Africa, ra­zor-tongued ac­tress and co­me­dian Wil­son, an Aus­tralian, chron­i­cled her Mother City jaunts on Twit­ter.

On Au­gust 17 she wrote: “Just fin­ished my first day to­day on Sacha Baron Co­hen’s new movie. Um. I don’t think my mother is go­ing to like watch­ing this one!”

She posted pic­tures of her­self on Devil’s Peak and tuck­ing into seafood at a restau­rant.

New York ac­tress Gabourey Sidibe posted pic­tures of ele­phants, ze­bras and lions with the cap­tion: “Look what I saw on my way to work!!”

Co­hen and Fisher have dropped by the One&Only Ho­tel flank­ing the ma­rina for a few meals. Staff de­scribed the cou­ple as hum­ble and “chilled”.

In­ci­den­tally, an apart­ment in the com­plex where they have been stay­ing sold for R97 661 per square me­tre in June.

Lo­cal cast mem­bers in­clude singer Sithem­bile Mfuphi of the full-fig­ured Cape Town girl group Three Tons of Fun.

Right: Scenes from Sacha Baron Co­hen’s new film, Grimsby, show a man uri­nat­ing out of a win­dow on to the street be­low. Co­hen’s lat­est of­fer­ing is based in the Lin­colnshire town and is about foot­ball hooli­gans and binge drink­ing Far right: An im­age taken from the film shows a woman of­fer­ing a child a can of beer

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