Creator of Ali G and Borat will channel the Top Man owner’s appearance in a comedy centred around a retail billionaire
SACHA Baron Cohen’s latest comedy creation is inspired by disgraced former BHS chief Sir Philip Green.
The Brit star, 45, will channel the Top Man owner’s appearance in Greed, a comedy centred around a retail billionaire.
And the funnyman will also be going back to his roots by fooling real-life members of the public and business figureheads in the guise of the character, much like his other creations including Ali, Borat and Bruno.
A movie insider said: “Sacha will have an almost uncanny resemblance to Sir Philip and those close to the producers believes it’s more than a nod to him.
“He’ll look more portly, with balding grey hair which is left long at the back.
“The transformation will mean nobody will realise it’s Sacha, meaning he’ll be able to get up to his old tricks again.”
Greed has been described as a “satirical take on the world of the super-rich”, sparked by “the lavish lifestyles of the elite, perma-tanned billionaire businessmen who shamelessly invest money into offshore tax havens,” according to early plot descriptions.
The movie, which begins filming later this year, is being directed by Michael Winterbotton – who worked with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on BBC comedy series The Trip.
In recent years Sacha has favoured scripted acting roles for his characters including 2012 movie The Dictator, in which his played Admiral General Aladeen, and 2016 film Grimsby where is portrayed football hooligan Nobby Butcher.
But in the guise of Ali G, Borat and Bruno he tricked some of the biggest names in business and politics, including Donald Trump, into sharing the screen with him.
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