Sacha Baron Cohen Almost Added Secretary of Housing and Urban Developments Ben Carson to his roster of high-profile figures he pranked on his controversial comedy series "Who is America?"
The "Borat" actor and Carson's team set to interview at the Mandarin Hotel in Washington, DC, Cohen told Deadline in an interview published last week. [1
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"[Former Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice was there, a bunch of other politicians, and the whole place was filled with Secret Service, some of whom were undercover and clear," Cohen said.
Cohen's team and Carson's team – which included his own Secret Service detail and White House press staff – made it to the room for the interview, and Cohen made his way to the camera, in character for the show.
"This character has A bunch of Shopkins [collectible toy figures]and the White House press representative of what there, "Cohen recalled. "He says, 'What are those?' I say, 'These are Shopkins.'"
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Cohen said the shop was there, to which he replied: "It's because of what I do, I unbox shopkins."
At that point, Cohen said, "Carson was literally walking in front of the camera." He's just about to leave the frame and this guy from the White House had an instinct and he said, 'Pull him.' "
" And suddenly the Secret Service pulled him out, so what happened to Ben Carson's leg, "Cohen told Deadline.
SHERIFF JOE ON SACHA BARON COHEN INTERVIEW: 'I MADE A BATH MISTAKE'  And so, Carson was not duped by Cohen, like many of America's politicians did. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Appeared on the show – even though Cohen said his "people had been suspicious from day one."
Shaper Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R -Calif., And former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., Were among those tricked by Cohen. Shaper Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, interviewed by Cohen and voiced her anger, but she claims she was cut off the show because "there was no comedy gold."