Bruno Sued By (Former) Terrorist
07.13.09 by REELZ
Just because Bruno is out in the theaters now doesn't mean that the controversy surrounding it is going to end any time soon. The latest: a "terrorist" who was interviewed by Bruno is looking for damages. Legal damages, that is.
It's a scenario that Sacha Baron Cohen had anticipated with some trepidation on his rare out-of-character appearance with David Letterman last week. After describing all the hoops he had to jump through to set up the first ever real interview between a comedian and a terrorist, he commented that this was one victim he really didn't want to see his movie.
Whether Ayman Abu Aita, labeled as a terrorist from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Bruno, has actually seen the movie is still unclear. But he has definitely heard about it now, and he's furious at the way he was depicted. Apparently part of his complaint is that he is not, as Bruno implies, a terrorist. At least, not anymore. He says he quit that group a couple of years ago.
To be fair, if he really were the terrorist he's made out to be, would Bruno have survived suggesting that "... your King Osama looks like a kind of dirty wizard or a homeless Santa"?