Borat Subsequent Moviefilm's director explains how the Tom Hanks cameo happened

Sam Warner
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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm spoilers follow.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm threw in a huge surprise (apart from that Rudy Guiliani scene) with a big cameo from none other than Tom Hanks.

At the end of the recent movie, Borat is (fictionally) revealed to unwittingly be patient zero of the COVID-19 pandemic as he spreads the virus around the world.

In a subsequent montage, he is seen coming across Hanks in Sydney as he unintentionally infects the Oscar-winner with the disease – Hanks himself tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year.

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm's director Jason Woliner has now opened up about how the cameo came about, admitting that they started shooting the movie before the pandemic, though decided to continue and incorporate COVID-19 in a "constantly evolving" process.

"We also had to decide, 'Do we put COVID in as part of the story? Is that gonna be insensitive?' It felt risky," he told Collider. "It's like, 'We don't know what it's going to be like in the fall. Are people going to want to hear the word 'COVID-19'? Are people going to be able to laugh at anything related to this?'

"And then part of that in those writing sessions, this twist was pitched, 'What if Borat was patient zero?' And we loved that."

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As for how Hanks came into the picture, he further explained: "I forget whose joke it was, but someone pitched the idea that on his journey here, he would have encountered Tom Hanks in Sydney.

"And we weren't going to try to hoodwink Tom Hanks, obviously, America's favourite person! So Sacha just emailed him and asked him if he was up for it. And he said yes. That was actually the very last thing we shot."

Woliner went on to explain that he didn't want viewers to think it was an actual ambush, and that Hanks would know who Borat and Sacha Baron Cohen were.

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"So it was something we shot in a way that would look intentionally like something we scripted," he continued. "Then just on the day, we thought it would be weird if Tom was standing there by himself.

"So we thought he should be signing an autograph or taking a selfie with a fan. I think Ant [Anthony Hines], the writer, might've suggested I do it. So I threw on some tourist clothes and ran in there."

He added that the scene only "took about five to 10 minutes" and that Hanks was "super cool" about the cameo.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

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