Paul Wellman Snags Impossible Photo of Borat
Hundreds lined up to see Sacha Baron Cohen (pictured), aka Borat aka Ali G, on Friday at the Lobero. The British comedian behind this year’s mockumentary hit, Cohen is supposedly a tough guy to get to do interviews, but SBIFF managed to get him. So popular was the event that director Roger Durling assumed more than 300 people would be turned away. One such person getting the turn-away treatment was The Indy‘s own photog Paul Wellman, who was informed that Cohen would leave town if he saw any photographers on site.
Wellman obliged, not wanting to endanger the event, even though the law protects those who take photos of people from public property. Around the end of the event, however, Wellman returned, and found a sniper’s angle with which to capture this shot. The real reason for Cohen’s stuffiness was likely the fact that Fox was taping the event to be part of the DVD release of Borat.
As for the event itself, Indy arts editor Charles Donelan reported that Cohen was funny, though rather dismissive of many questions lobbed by interviewer Leonard Maltin. Cohen, sporting a bear-decorated baseball cap, even went so far as to open the questions to the audience, which obliged with glee. More to come from inside.