Ali G ‘wreaks soc­cer havoc’ in Mother City

CityPress - - News - BIÉNNE HUIS­MAN bi­enne.huis­man@city­press.co.za

English ac­tor Sacha Baron Co­hen’s latest film, Grimsby, sees him wreak­ing havoc at a soc­cer game and get­ting ar­rested at the Cape Town Sta­dium.

Last Fri­day, the 43-year-old star could be seen on set fight­ing as author­i­ties es­corted him off the field. The char­ac­ter he plays is a soc­cer hooli­gan – top­less, his face painted the colour of his favourite team.

On the film set at the sta­dium, wit­nesses told City Press that Co­hen was a funny guy, even when the cam­eras stopped rolling.

“Ja that Ali G guy! He’s nice and laughs quite a bit. He’s def­i­nitely much friend­lier than Sean Penn, who was re­ally grumpy,” said a crew mem­ber who re­cently worked on Penn’s movie The Last Face, star­ring Char­l­ize Theron.

Grimsby was orig­i­nally filmed in the UK and then in South Africa last year.

But the pro­duc­tion re­turned to Cape Town last week as ad­di­tional scenes were filmed over four days.

The movie chron­i­cles the mis­ad­ven­tures of two badly be­haved football fans and co-stars Aus­tralian come­di­enne Rebel Wil­son as Co­hen’s love in­ter­est.

The 35-year-old ac­tress joined Co­hen in Cape Town for the ad­di­tional shoots.

Last Tues­day, Wil­son took to Twit­ter to share news of a wardrobe mal­func­tion she had suf­fered on the Mother City film set.

“Shoot­ing some ad­di­tional ma­te­rial with Sacha Baron Co­hen to­day and the only bra to wear from cos­tume stor­age was all mouldy. The strug­gle,” she wrote.

“I re­ally do put my health on the line for com­edy! I had to wear the bra all day. X.”

She was seen flaunt­ing her am­ple curves in a pineap­ple-em­bla­zoned vest top and leg­gings with a Union Jack print.

Co­hen is best known for his movie char­ac­ters Ali G and Bo­rat. The lat­ter movie, in which Co­hen por­trays a jour­nal­ist from Kaza­khstan who trav­els through the US, prompted le­gal threats from the Kaza­khstan gov­ern­ment in 2006.

The lanky ac­tor has caused ram­pant of­fence in the past and ap­pears to be at it again.

The small English town of Grimsby is por­trayed as a rub­bish-strewn ghetto pop­u­lated by drunk par­ents and beer-swig­ging chil­dren.

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

Res­i­dents of the town were of­fended by its por­trayal.

Grimsby coun­cil­lor Matthew Brown told the Mail Online he was “dis­ap­pointed” with the film pro­ject as it cast the town in a poor light.

Ear­lier this year, Wil­son told Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly she was wor­ried about one par­tic­u­larly risqué scene in which her char­ac­ter dons a burqa.

The movie also stars Pené­lope Cruz and is sched­uled for re­lease by Columbia Pic­tures in March next year.

Lo­cal film­ing was co­or­di­nated by pro­duc­tion com­pany Moon­light­ing.

It is be­lieved that Co­hen stayed at a lux­ury apart­ment flank­ing the V&A Wa­ter­front’s ma­rina, near the One&Only ho­tel.

While in Cape Town he was seen on Ta­ble Moun­tain wear­ing Ray-Bans and a cream fe­dora.

Last Thurs­day, ac­tor Atandwa Kani, son of in­dus­try vet­eran John Kani, and his fiancée, Fikile Mth­walo, met Co­hen, who au­to­graphed a ta­ble nap­kin for them.

“So in Cape Town [Mth­walo] and I met Sacha Baron Co­hen, well there you have it...” Kani wrote on Twit­ter, along­side a pho­to­graph of the mes­sage scrawled us­ing a black koki pen.

It read: “Atandwa, good luck. Re­spek. Sacha Baron Co­hen, Ali G, Bo­rat, Brüno.”

PHOTO: DRAPER / BAUERGRIFFIN.COM

COSY­ING UP Aus­tralian come­di­enne Rebel Wil­son chats with Sacha Baron Co­hen dur­ing the film­ing of Grimsby in Cape Town. They ap­peared to fall in love and kiss in the mid­dle of Eng­land football fan crowd scenes

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