"I loved it but I was a bit embarrassed about telling people I wanted to be an actor and comedian because it's a bit like saying, 'I'm so good looking and I want to be a model.'"I had the choice of either pursuing my studies and doing a Ph.D or doing something that was a bit more fun, so I decided that rather than sit alone in a library, I'd try and make people laugh."He moved into television and was hired on Channel 4's 11 O'Clock Show after he sent the producers a tape of him posing as an Albanian reporter interviewing fox hunters. Da Ali G Show crossed the Atlantic and became a cult favourite on U. cable television thanks to hilariously idiotic and offensive questions to former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, Donald Trump and the former Surgeon-General C. Ali G's popularity led to Cohen's first film, Ali G Indahouse after which he provided one of the voices in the animated film Madagascar and then played an obnoxious French racing river in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

"When I was at Cambridge University I played Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof and that was the only thing I remembered so I went in and sang If I were A Rich Man for Sondheim," he said."That wasn't enough so I had to sing about five other songs and luckily Sondheim thought they were okay, but there is one incredibly high note at the end of my piece and Tim Burton doesn't know this but when I went in to record the sound I couldn't reach it, even wearing spandex, so I brought in a very fat female opera singer to sing the final note."Then, as if slipping into a well-rehearsed act, Baron Cohen went on: "I arrived in London the day before I started shooting and I realised I needed a singing lesson.

So I foolishly called my mother and asked her to find me a good singing teacher so she looked in the Yellow Pages and gave me the address of a woman.

I think it can get a little be tiresome if you're having to be the real person and talking about how important and interesting the role was.

To me, it should be entertaining and the entertainment should carry on."He had attracted a few curious glances as he ambled through the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel, not because anybody recognised him but because he looked oddly out of place.

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I turned up at the woman's door and told her who I was and she said, 'I was expecting you to be a girl.' She said, 'Have a cup of tea,' so I had a cup of tea.

I told her I was going to be in Sweeney Todd and she said, 'Never heard of it.' I told her it starred Johnny Depp and she said, 'Never heard of him.' I said Tim Burton was directing it and she said, 'Never heard of him. Could I have his telephone number because I often have these local concerts here and we're looking for someone to direct them.'"So I started singing Pirelli and she had never heard the music before but she goes 'Oh, no, no, no you don't do it like that.'" Then the punchline: "So I ignored everything she said and went to the set the next day."Born in North London to a Welsh clothing store owner and an Israeli aerobics teacher mother, Sacha Baron Cohen grew up watching Peter Sellers, whom he says was his inspiration.

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