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Where was Azamat in Borat 2? Ken Davitian reveals why he refused role

Published: 28/Oct/2020 4:48 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 4:49

by Brad Norton

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The sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen’s hit 2006 comedy, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, may be enjoying a wave of promotion and fanfare due to its timely release, though his partner from the first flick, Ken Davitan, wasn’t pleased about being brushed aside.

After 14 years on the shelf, Cohen finally continued the story of his now-iconic Borat Sagdiyev character. The Kazakhstani reporter ventured back to the United States, though this time he was accompanied by his daughter Tutar.

While the highly anticipated follow up was seen by “tens of millions” over the opening weekend, Amazon claimed, one key element was missing. Borat’s partner in crime throughout his initial story was Azamat Bagatov. Without ruining a cheeky joke early into the sequel, his companion didn’t have any proper screen time in the 2020 release.

As it turns out, Davitan’s character was never supposed to play a major role in Borat 2. However, the American actor was critical of Cohen, and his production company, for misleading him well before the film launched online.

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Borat and Azamat were together throughout much of the original film.

“Apparently Sacha doesn’t love Azamat,” he said in an interview with Shamoonreacts on Instagram. “They told me that Sacha was doing a big film and there’s a small part in it for the two of us. I said I didn’t want to reprise the character unless we’re doing Borat 2.”

Given how much screen time Davitan had in the first flick, his character was just as central to the plot as Borat’s daughter was in the 2020 sequel. Though he was assured that the new project “[wasn’t] Borat 2 and will never be Borat 2. It’s never happening.” Evidently, that wasn’t the case.

“They offered me a very little amount of money. In the first movie, I only made $60,000 and all they wanted to do was pay me a little more than that. They made me sign papers a year and a half ago that it was a different movie, a different concept and I said no… I want to do Borat 2.”

Cohen always keeps things close to his chest when working on new projects in disguise. It’s clear that Davitan may have even been led astray to prevent any leaks on a Borat sequel. “I didn’t jump on board, and then it comes out that it’s Borat 2,” he said. “I just hope it’s half as funny as the first one.”

“He does his own thing, he’s not into buddy movies,” Davitan added. You’d think the door might be open for an reunion, if the two could come to terms. Unfortunately, Subsequent Moviefilm certainly rules out that possibility.

If we ever see Cohen reprise the iconic role again — perhaps another 14 years down the road — maybe he’ll be joined by yet another new supporting actor.

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Marvel’s She-Hulk reportedly casting Titania as Disney+ show’s villain

Published: 25/Nov/2020 18:08

by Emma Soteriou

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It’s been reported that five supporting roles for Marvel’s She-Hulk are currently being cast, which could include one of the character’s most famous nemeses: Titania.

With many of Marvel’s Disney Plus series already in production, or about to start very soon, there’s no surprise that She-Hulk has finally had a casting update.

The show is set to introduce Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Walters, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Walters takes on the She-Hulk mantle after getting a blood transfusion from Banner.

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Marvel are on the look out for their latest villain

Who will be in She-Hulk?

Plenty of rumors have been flying around about what’s in store for the upcoming series, including reports that She-Hulk will actually be a comedy.

Tatiana Maslany has been associated with the title character for some time now too, however, she has since debunked these rumors, claiming she has heard nothing about the role.

According to The Illuminerdi, Marvel is currently looking to cast five supporting characters, including the show’s villain.

There is mention of Walters’ two parents, who will be in their 60s; a ‘handsome’ male co-worker; a best friend, currently codenamed ‘Susie’; and a villain codenamed ‘Lucy’.

Though not confirmed, ‘Lucy’ is likely to be either Walters’ arch-nemesis from the comics, Titania, or even Ultima, who developed her abilities as a part of her father’s cult.

Whoever ‘Lucy’ is, she will inevitably have a big role, appearing in at least five episodes of the show. The character is apparently an influencer on social media, but also has a secret dark side. Once again, this could possibly point towards it being Titania before she meets Doctor Doom and gets her superhuman powers.

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Bruce Banner is also expected to appear in the series

The Hulk is also expected to appear

One more person is expected to make a cameo on the show too, and that is none other than The Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo. He is rumored to have already signed up to return, which would also explain why he was quick to celebrate Maslany’s supposed casting as Jennifer Walters in September.

For now, Marvel fans have plenty to get excited about, with WandaVision being released on January 15, 2021, and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, along with Loki, not far behind.

Production on She-Hulk will reportedly begin in February 2021, and it is expected to be available to stream on Disney Plus in 2022.