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City changes name to nix Ali G association

City changes name to nix Ali G association

STAINES-UPON-THAMES, England, May 21 (UPI) -- The city of Staines, England, changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames, in part to distance itself from the jokes of Sacha Baron Cohen's "Ali G" character.
Cohen, Russell leave 'Django' cast

Cohen, Russell leave 'Django' cast

NEW ORLEANS, May 11 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell have dropped out of Quentin Tarantino's 19th century-set American drama, "Django Unchained."
BBC says Cohen, not character, welcome on its shows

BBC says Cohen, not character, welcome on its shows

LONDON, May 4 (UPI) -- The BBC says British writer-actor Sacha Baron Cohen would be a welcome guest on its shows so long as he comes as himself and not in character.
Cohen as 'Dictator' spills 'Jong's ashes' on Seacrest

Cohen as 'Dictator' spills 'Jong's ashes' on Seacrest

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as his despot character from "The Dictator," pretended to spill Kim Jong Il's ashes on Ryan Seacrest on Hollywood's Oscar red carpet.
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Cohen to arrive at Oscars as 'Dictator'

Cohen to arrive at Oscars as 'Dictator'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- British actor Sacha Baron Cohen may walk the red carpet at Sunday's Oscar ceremony dressed as the title character from "The Dictator," a producer said.
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Cohen can't go to Oscars as 'Dictator'

Cohen can't go to Oscars as 'Dictator'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Sacha Baron Cohen is not allowed to attend the Oscars in Los Angeles dressed as a character from his film "The Dictator," organizers said.
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Swift won't star in 'Les Miserables'

Swift won't star in 'Les Miserables'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Taylor Swift won't be playing Eponine as planned in the upcoming movie musical "Les Miserables," EW.com reported Wednesday.
Swift offered role in 'Les Miserables'

Swift offered role in 'Les Miserables'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Taylor Swift has been offered the role of Eponine in Hollywood's upcoming movie musical version of "Les Miserables," E! News said.
Sacha Baron Cohen: 'Hugo' is 'a work of art'

Sacha Baron Cohen: 'Hugo' is 'a work of art'

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- British actor Sacha Baron Cohen says director Martin Scorsese intended to create an enchanting, intelligent work of art with their new family movie "Hugo" and wasn't concerned little ones might find it too long to sit through at 127 minutes.
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Anna Faris may co-star in 'Dictator'

Anna Faris may co-star in 'Dictator'

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- Comic actress Anna Faris is in talks to co-star with Sacha Baron Cohen in "The Dictator," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Cohen to star in film based on Saddam book

Cohen to star in film based on Saddam book

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures says Sacha Baron Cohen's next big-screen comedy, "The Dictator," is based on a novel by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
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Actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives in character at the French premiere of his film "Bruno" in Paris on June 15, 2009. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (born 13 October 1971) is an English comedian, actor, and writer. He is most widely known for his portrayal of three unorthodox fictional characters, Ali G, Borat, and Brüno. In his routines, Baron Cohen's characters interact with unsuspecting people who do not realize they are being set up for comic situations and self-revealing ridicule.

Baron Cohen's work has been recognised with several Emmy nominations, an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, a BAFTA award, and a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his work in the feature film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. After the release of the film Borat, Baron Cohen stated that because the public had become too familiar with the characters, he would retire Borat and Ali G. Similarly, after the release of Brüno, he has stated he would also retire the title character.

Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, West London, England. His mother, Daniella (née Weiser), was born in Israel, while his father, Gerald, was originally from Pontypridd, Wales. Sacha is the second of three sons, with elder brother Erran and younger brother Amnon. His family is Jewish. His paternal grandfather was born in Pontypridd, and his maternal grandmother, who lives in Haifa, Israel, trained as a ballet dancer in Germany. Erran is a composer and has worked on several of his films. Internationally renowned autism researcher Simon Baron-Cohen is his cousin.

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