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Borat, He-a Retires, High Five NOT!

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Actor and comedian-chameleon Sasha Baron Cohen admitted in an interview yesterday that the characters that made him famous, Ali G and Borat, will be retired from his repetoire. Borat, the improbably cuddly anti-Semitic Kazakhstani innocent abroad, whose antics and exploits were made famous in a highly successful 2006 film, transformed Baron Cohen from a popular British comedian to a world-wide phenomenon. But he broke the news in a Daily Telegraph interview that Borat, he not-a coming back:

"When I was being Ali G and Borat I was in character sometimes 14 hours a day and I came to love them, so admitting I am never going to play them again is quite a sad thing," he said. "It is like saying goodbye to a loved one. It is hard, and the problem with success, although it's fantastic, is that every new person who sees the Borat movie is one less person I 'get' with Borat again, so it's a kind of self-defeating form, really."

Good call on that one, we say. Borat is a great character but Baron Cohen is smart to kill him while he's still funny. Baron Cohen has a role in Tim Burton's new "Sweeney Todd," as well as a "Bruno" movie in the works, so we're sure this funny guy will be creating new characters and building a solid career for years to come. Bravo, and Borat, you've been pain in our assholes but you still are SUCCESS!!!