Sacha Baron Cohen Gets Padded Down

We loved Sweeney Todd: the costumes were amazing, the art direction was impeccable, Helena Bonham Carter made up for her home-wrecking past, and Johnny Depp stole our bloody hearts — oh, and did we mention that Sacha Baron Cohen, who played Signor Adolfo Pirelli in the film, made us gasp? Sure, he was the film’s comedic cornerstone, but what really left our mouths agape was the impression his rather tight bodysuit made — was that thing padded or is it true what they say about exceptionally tall men with huge feet? Luckily, writer Kathleen Tracy, who’s penned the Cohen biography Sacha Baron Cohen: From Cambridge to Kazakhstan, answered the question for us. It seems Cohen did get a little help in the package department and that the additional, err, girth, was, in fact, his own creative touch. But still, don’t assume that Cohen doesn’t leave an impression on his own. Just ask his Borat co-star Ken Davitian. It seems that during the film’s infamous nude-wrestling scene, “the apparent adrenaline rush to survive under Davitian’s ample weight caused an awkward surge of blood toward one of Cohen’s extremities.” That explains why Cohen got a forgiving fig leaf covering his nether-regions, while Davitian did not. We’ll be the first to say we are totally disappointed. [NY Daily News]

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