Sacha Baron Cohen Heading Back to TV


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Sacha Baron Cohen, who first became famous playing outrageous characters Ali G, Borat, and Bruno on “Da Ali G Show,” is returning to television. The British comic will take aim at celebrities in a faux interview show for Showtime called “Who Is America?” which premieres July 15 at 10 p.m. PT. Here’s a sneak peek: https://youtu.be/-gx70yWboTs.

But the satirical series is not his only TV endeavor.

Baron Cohen will play Israeli Mossad agent Eli Cohen in “The Spy,” from Israeli writer-director Gideon Raff (“Homeland,” “Tyrant,” “Prisoners of War”), a Netflix miniseries. Eli Cohen, who was captured and executed in Syria in 1965, was back in the news recently when Mossad recovered his wristwatch and returned it to his family on the anniversary of his death. Cohen’s undercover activities within the Syrian government provided Israel with critical intelligence during the Six Day War.

Baron Cohen is also set to play the title role in “Mandrake the Magician,” for Israeli director Etan Cohen. It’s set to be released in 2019.

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