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Ali G star suffers premiere chaos
Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat at the Toronto Film Festival
The comedian arrived in character on a cart pulled by four women
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen had to entertain the audience at the premiere of his new film when the projector broke down after 20 minutes.

The star, who found fame as Ali G, was at the Toronto Film Festival launching a movie that stars his other alter-ego, the spoof Kazakh reporter Borat.

"I will apology on behalf of Kazakhstan for this little mistake," he told fans.

Film-maker Michael Moore tried but failed to fix the projector, saying: "I used to do this for a living."

The Fahrenheit 9/11 director then answered questions from the audience. Baron Cohen followed him on stage before the screening was abandoned.

Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat at the Toronto Film Festival
The Kazakh government has not seen the funny side of Borat
The comedian had driven up the red carpet in a cart carrying a donkey and pulled by four women.

"There were two more of them," he said. "But they escaped in Bulgaria."

His film - called Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - is released in November.

It features the hapless, naive and politically incorrect TV presenter travelling to the US, proudly blurting out his enthusiastic insults and humiliating unsuspecting Americans.

It was met with raucous laughter from the 1,000-strong audience until the projector broke.

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry has previously described his portrayal as "utterly unacceptable, being a concoction of bad taste and ill manners which is completely incompatible with ethics and civilised behaviour".


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