From the Post-Chronicle, somewhere in Arkansas...
Whether he's Da Ali G, Borat, or Bruno, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen likes to push the edge. This time, however, the major international superstar has really upset some people.
It seems the local police in Ft. Smith, Arkansas are trying to explain their way out of an embarrasing expose after it has been revealed they were "in" on the prank pulled by "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen.
A local advertising campaign promised a night of hardcore Mixed Martial Arts cage fighting and one dollar beers. Instead, the rowdy crowd got two men stripped down to their underwear and kissing.
"We had a contract for cage fighting. We were deceived," said Dwight Duncan, president of the Four States Fair Grounds which provided the venue.
"Borat" has not taken credit for the hoax, as a spokesman for Sacha Baron Cohen declined to say whether he was behind the prank.
But the comedy star is currently filming undercover as his latest creation, Bruno, a camp Austrian fashion reporter who just happens to be gay. The "Bruno" film is due in cinemas later this year.