Borat was the straw that broke the camel's back for Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock. Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 mockumentary comedy is still shrouded in mystery after all of these years, but in a new interview, the comedian has started to pull back the curtain a bit. He now admits that Anderson was in on the gag from the start and the only one in the movie who was. This has been speculated for years, but the former Baywatch star would never confirm.
Another thing that has been speculated about for years is whether or not Borat was the cause of Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock's marriage ending. Now, Sacha Baron Cohen is confirming that it really was. At the time, tabloids widely reported Kid Rock was not happy with Anderson after seeing the movie for the first time where he reportedly said, "You're nothing but a whore! You're a slut! How could you do that movie?" This has never been confirmed to be true, but Baron says the movie was the end of their relationship. He said that he texted Anderson afterwards and got this response.
"How did it go? What did he think? And she texted back, 'He's getting divorced.' I was like, why? And she goes, 'The movie.' And I thought it was a joke, but then a few weeks later they got divorced and they put as a reason for divorce, Borat."
Sacha Baron Cohen is still highly secretive when it comes to answering questions about how he makes his projects and what goes on behind-the-scenes. However, after talking about Pamela Anderson's divorce, he finally revealed that she was in on the joke the whole time, "Otherwise it would have been kidnapping," says Cohen. He then went into details about how it all went down on the set.
As it turns out, they had to shoot the Pamela Anderson scene twice because Sacha Baron Cohen wasn't able to get the reaction he wanted initially. On the second attempt, the crowd ran after them, but Anderson accidentally "clipped her jaw," according to Cohen. The comedian had this to say about Anderson's cameo and the first time they shot it.
"And we did that scene twice, actually. The first time we did it at a book signing and I grabbed her over my shoulder and ran out with her and no one did anything. I was like, 'what kind of fans are these?'"
Sacha Baron Cohen laughs about the situation now and says Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, who he mistakenly called Tommy Lee, weren't a good couple anyway. "She lost two things. One, she lost a tiny bit of bone from her jaw," Cohen said. He then concluded by saying, "And secondly, she lost a husband." The interview with Cohen is from an upcoming podcast from The Daily Beast, which premieres in full next Tuesday on the site.