Date: 8th August 2003
ALI G has landed a deal to star in a Steven Spielberg movie — as several complete idiots.
The comedy Dinner For Schmucks tells the story of a man who asks his friends to bring the most stupid people they can find to dinner.
Like Mike Myers in Austin Powers, the funnyman — real name Sacha Baron Cohen — will play a variety of characters, including the unluckiest and clumsiest man in the world.
Sacha was signed up when ET director Spielberg was in London this week. An insider said: “Spielberg wants the movie to be a huge comedy like There's Something About Mary (1998).
“He decided to sign Ali G up after watching him play characters like Borat and Bruno on his TV show.”
Dinner For Schmucks is a remake of classic French film Le Diner De Cons and will start shooting in the US later this year for a 2004 release.
A springboard to Hollywood was what Sacha hoped for when his TV series Ali G In Da USA became a cult hit.
And he chose as his Tinseltown agent Jimmy Miller, who launched Jim Carrey’s career.
Spielberg is said to rate Sacha as a massive comedy talent with great timing.
He could now make it big where other Brit stars such as Mel B and Geri Halliwell have struggled.
Source: Press Release