January 11, 2007
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SACHA BARON COHEN - SANS BORAT -
TALKS ABOUT HIS "HIT MAN" STYLE, HIS NEWFOUNND FAME ,
AND THE PROFESSIONAL VIRTUES OF FACIAL HAIR
ON NPR NEWSMAGAZINE "DAY TO DAY," FRIDAY, JANUARY 12

Interview Also Available in Free Streaming Audio on www.NPR.org



January 11, 2007; Culver City, CA – Sacha Baron Cohen steps out of his Borat character for a wide-ranging interview with reporter Luke Burbank on the Friday, January 12, edition of Day to Day, the NPR midday newsmagazine.

Discussing his approach to comedy, Baron Cohen says, “There is that moment where you feel almost like a hit man… Where you look in the mirror and it’s as if you’ve pulled the gun out and you’re about to assassinate someone. And you know everything’s about to change.”

While he claims that “At some point, I’ve got to stop doing interviews as Borat, I’ve got to take off the mustache and reveal the real me, the real mustache,” Baron Cohen also admits that his ability to quickly grow facial hair has been one of his greatest professional assets. “I’m tremendously hirsute. In fact, if I wasn’t this hairy, I’d probably be unemployed,” he tells Burbank.

The actor and comedian is the star of the critically-acclaimed hit film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” for which he also served as a writer and producer.

Day to Day airs on 186 stations and has more than 1.7 million listeners weekly; stations and time periods can be found at http://www.npr.org/stations/ The program will be also available for free audio streaming on www.NPR.org at approximately 3:00PM (ET) Friday.

Day to Day offers a fresh midday take on national and world news, culture, politics and technology; hosts are Alex Chadwick and Madeleine Brand. Since its premiere in 2003, it is public radio’s fastest-growing new program and has increased its audience in every ratings period since launch. Burbank, who has reported for NPR News since 2003, joined the show in November 2005. Day to Day is produced at the NPR West studios in Culver City, CA.