When we first found out a few years ago that Isla Fisher is married to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, our first thought was, Of course! Isla, who many of us first met as the “stage-five-clinger” in Wedding Crashers, seemed just crazy enough herself to keep up with the comedian who regularly inhabits outrageous characters like Borat and Bruno. But it turns out that even Isla has her limits.
Talking to The Daily Mail, Isla confessed, “I cannot tell you how embarrassing he is in social situations. To him, there’s no difference between the awkward gaffes he deliberately makes as a comic, and the terrible faux pas he innocently commits as my husband.” Mostly it’s that he can’t always differentiate between actors: “He once told Diane Keaton at a dinner party that she should have won an Oscar for her performance in The Kids Are All Right because he thought she was Annette Bening.”
Or could Sacha — who isn’t above baiting homophobes and walking beaches in barely-there Speedos — be trolling everyone? Judging from another anecdote that Isla shared, it’s not intentional, but at the same time he knows how to somewhat save face: She described how they were at a screening for a Jack Black movie, when a large-chested woman preceded Jack with a long speech and then he said only a few words.
She explained, “After the film, Sacha said to Jack, ‘Why did you make such a short speech? You should have shut up the woman with the big bosoms and said more yourself.’ Jack said through gritted teeth: ‘That was my mother.’ Although even that didn’t silence Sacha. He told Jack: ‘Well, at least your mother has a fabulous bosom.’ And he turned to me and said: ‘You’ve always wanted larger breasts, haven’t you, Isla?’ I wanted the floor to swallow me up.”
Of course, this being Isla, we know it’s all done goodnaturedly. For one, when she was struggling to come up with her Tooth Fairy character in Rise of the Guardians, she wound up pulling from just these anecdotes to make a character who was always putting her foot in her mouth. Because that is pretty funny.
Plus, she has a sense of perspective. “Sacha does fully embrace the people he plays and you don’t know the half of it when it comes to him getting into character for a movie,” she admitted. “I’ve lived with Borat’s handlebar moustache, Bruno’s Justin Bieber flick and The Dictator’s accusing finger. At the moment, I’m having it easy! Sacha is writing so he isn’t in character. But watch this space.”
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