The 2006 film saw the ignorant Kazakh journalist head to the U.S., where his bizarre behaviour and dramatic stunts caused quite a commotion among poor unsuspecting Americans, the Independent reports.
When speaking to WTF with Marc Maron though, Cohen revealed that his character’s naughty behaviour attracted the unwanted attention of the FBI.
[The FBI] got so many complaints there was a terrorist traveling in an ice cream van… that they started compiling a little file on us and eventually they came to visit us at the hotel. I obviously went missing when I heard because they were like ‘FBI’s downstairs’.
The actor admitted that he actually had to hire a man to protect him, the crew and even his wife, Isla Fisher after Kansas police said they’d arrest him if he carried on with his antics.
We hire a guy and his job is, he’s a bit like [Grimsby’s] Nobby, actually… his job is to prevent me from being arrested.
When filming continued the police were called, and ridiculously Cohen had to jump out of a window under the advice of his bodyguard, breaking his heel in the process and shutting down production for a while.
Sounds like the filming was a great success…