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|11-21-2006, 06:05 PM||#1 (permalink)|
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Romanian Villagers In 'Borat' Sue For $30M
NEW YORK -- Residents of a remote Romanian village filed a $30 million lawsuit Monday over their depiction in the hit movie "Borat," accusing the filmmakers of misleading them into thinking the project was a documentary about poverty.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of Nicolae Todorache and Spiridom Ciorebea, two residents of Glod, Romania, where residents were used as stand-ins for Kazakhs in the film.
The plaintiffs alleged that 20th Century Fox Film Corp. and others involved in the comedy exploited them, telling them the movie was a documentary about extreme poverty in Romania that would fairly depict their lives, occupations, heritage and beliefs.
"Nothing could have been further from the truth," the lawsuit said. "The project was intended to portray the plaintiffs ... and other villagers as rapists, abortionists, prostitutes, thieves, racists, bigots, simpletons and/or boors."
In the movie, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen portrays a Kazakh journalist traveling across America in comic encounters that mock Americans. The film's opening sequence showing Borat's hometown in Kazakhstan is shot in Glod, 85 miles northwest of Bucharest.
Gregg Brilliant, a spokesman for 20th Century Fox, "Borat's" distributor, said the movie "was never presented to anyone in Romania as a documentary."
He said village residents were paid above the usual rate and mixed with professional actors and others to portray a fictional village. He said there was irony in the allegations in the lawsuit.
"It's a film that uses satire to expose racism and bigotry," he said.
The movie has been a surprise hit at the box office, earning more than $90 million so far in the United States.
People in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan also have complained about their depiction in the film.
In addition, two members of a South Carolina college fraternity have sued 20th Century Fox and three production companies over their appearance in the movie making drunken, insulting comments about women and minorities.
They say the crew got them drunk in a bar before filming and told them the movie would not be shown in the United States.
|11-21-2006, 06:12 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bah, most of these people just want a piece of the pie now that the movie is a huge success. These people all signed release forms so I have little sympathy, especially for the drunken frat boys.
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|11-21-2006, 06:30 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: North Carolina
I just watched the movie, and it was disturbingly funny..... Definitely not a movie for kids/teenagers because of all the vulgar adult humor.
To many sue happy folks nowadays..... such a shame.
|11-21-2006, 06:56 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2006
lol the movie was great. and these people are most likely completely and rediculously lying to get a chunk of change. the romanian villagers didnt even get made fun of really. a lot of people are suing fore their own stupidity. i think its funny that it took a hollywood movie for some of these people to realize how dumb they are. I say in the world of making money, anything goes (anything legal that is, and this imo is very legal). Honestly, nobody will think any less of the alleged "town rapist" because he was portrayed as such in a movie. anyways.. go see it tonight if you havent!
|11-22-2006, 08:50 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Why don't you guys go watch homeless guys beat on each other on video?
I hear they sign a waiver too, so everything is fine with it, right?
get 'em all liquored up, and hve 'em beat each other bloody, isn't this fun watching people be exploited and made fun of?
Well, they signed waivers, so who cares if they were misled, or impaired when things went down, right?
|11-22-2006, 11:16 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2006
A friend of mine had the video, and all I can say is WTF!
Edit: I dont want to leave that link here, I dont support them...
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|11-22-2006, 07:14 PM||#9 (permalink)|
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Or sue hungry people.
Then again I havn't seen the flick so I don't know how bad/offensive it is.
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|11-22-2006, 09:05 PM||#10 (permalink)|
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Havent seen it but cant be any worse the "Faces of Death" or any of the copy cat flicks out there... Now THOSE are waiver signed exploit fests...stillcant help watching them.
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