"Bruno" Gets Texarkana Crowd At Fake Cage Fighting
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TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - A soon-to-be major motion picture will likely feature a scene shot right here in the Ark-La-Tex.
"Borat" actor Sasha Baron Cohen has another alias named "Bruno." On June 5th, the actor and his crew showed up in Texarkana. An event at the Four-States Fair Grounds billed as "Red, White and Blood Cage Fighting" instead featured men ripping each other's clothes off and kissing. It's thought the reaction from the crowd is what Cohen really wanted for his film.
Texarkana police Captain Mark Lewis says promoters asked for 10 plainclothes officers. Four officers ended up heading over to the event, but were asked to sign release and liability waivers. Lewis says the officers learned that there were to be plants in the audience who would try to rile the crowd.
Fair grounds president and CEO Dwight Duncan said the Texarkana show closed down early. He said officials had no inkling of the fight night's true intention, as the fair grounds held another fight put on by the same promoter that went fine.
In Fort Smith, police Sergeant Adam Holland says 18 off-duty officers provided security. He says two men in the show two men went right up to the line of the city's morality laws. The crowd started booing and throwing beers. Holland says it took about 45 minutes to clear the arena.
Baron Cohen became a national celebrity after his 2006 hit movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," in which he played a bumbling reporter from the Central Asia nation. The faked cage fights come as Baron Cohen is in production of a movie titled "Bruno," named after the gay Austrian fashion reporter he developed for "Da Ali G Show." Baron Cohen, in the guise of Bruno, often interviewed hapless subjects in the South.
Matt Labov, a Los Angeles-based publicist for Baron Cohen, said he had no comment Monday about the faked fights.