Is the Real Borat Being Shut Out of the Limelight?

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Mahir Cagri of Izmir, Turkey, says British comedian Sasha Baron-Cohen's character Borat is a ripoff of Cagri. "He try to take stolen many things from my side and my character," Cagri says. "I am original." Ivan Watson, NPR hide caption

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Mahir Cagri, who claims to be the "real" Borat

Mahir Cagri of Izmir, Turkey, says British comedian Sasha Baron-Cohen's character Borat is a ripoff of Cagri. "He try to take stolen many things from my side and my character," Cagri says. "I am original."

Ivan Watson, NPR

Audiences have been drawn to Borat, British comedian Sasha Baron Cohen's character with mangled English, a lack of political correctness, and an unflattering wardrobe.

Last week, the hit mockumentary film Borat was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards — for best picture and for best actor for Baron Cohen. The film depicts Borat, a bumbling TV journalist from Kazakhstan, as he travels across the United States.

But some observers have noted some similarities between the character and a man who became an accidental celebrity on the Internet several years ago: Turkish bachelor, Mahir Cagri.

Now 44, Cagri says Baron Cohen copied him in creating the Borat character.

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