Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan had a lot of consequences – the Kazakhstani government denouncing the film, many people involved suing the producers, lads wearing a mankini on holidays for the #bants.
But it turns out it also split up one of the noughties’ most famous couples.
Sacha Baron Cohen has revealed his 2006 mockumentary directly led to Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock’s divorce, which is something we never thought we’d be writing in 2019.
One of the main plot points of Borat sees the reporter watch an episode of Baywatch and fall in love with Pamela Anderson, thus sparking his mission to make the actress his wife.
This culminates in Borat attempting to put Pamela in a ‘traditional marriage sack’ during a book signing at Virgin Megastores and bring her back to Kazakhstan – and it turns out her husband at the time, Kid Rock, wasn’t best pleased.
Telling The Daily Beast’s The Last Laugh podcast that Anderson clipped her jaw during that scene, Sacha, 47, said: ‘One, she lost a tiny bit of bone from her jaw and secondly, she lost a husband.’
The comedian said he texted Pamela after a screening to ask what her husband thought about the movie, with the Playboy legend replying saying they were getting a divorce – and when Sacha asked why, she wrote: ‘The movie.’
The Ali G star said: ‘And I thought it was a joke but then a few weeks later they got divorced and they put as a reason for divorce, Borat.
‘I think they were a fantastic couple, so it’s a shame. Much better than Julian Assange or whoever she dated later on.’
Pamela and Kid Rock, real name Robert J. Ritchie, previously were engaged in 2003, but they reunited and got married in July 2006.
However, they split up in November, and rumours at the time pointed to her cameo in Borat, which was released two weeks before they filed for divorce.
Reports from the New York Post claimed that the rapper flipped out at Pamela following the premiere of the comedy.
A source said: ‘Bob started screaming at Pam, saying she had humiliated herself and telling her, “You’re nothing but a whore! You’re a slut! How could you do that movie?” — in front of everyone. It was very embarrassing.
‘Pam thought he could have a sense of humour about the movie. She was in on the gag from the very beginning and loved doing the movie. And on the eve of what was supposed to be a very positive thing, he made it an awful night.’
Pamela, 51, went on to marry Rick Salomon on two separate occasions, and is believed to still be in a relationship with footballer Adil Rami.
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