A pair of University of South Carolina frat boys are suing 20th Century Fox and the producers of the hit comedy "Borat" for making them look like a pair of University of South Carolina frat boys.
The two unnamed USC students filed suit on Thursday (Nov. 9) in an amusingly written brief that begins with the phrase "Sasha Baron Cohen is a prankster." The misspelling of Sacha Baron Cohen's first name is theirs.
In "Borat," the nation's top movie last weekend, John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 get drunk with Cohen's intrepid reporter Borat and end up in a motor home watching one of Pamela Anderson's many sex tapes. So what's the problem here?
The suit alleges the film's producers talked to multiple members of the fraternity before selecting the plaintiffs, but assured the plaintiffs that the movie their were appearing in would never be shown in the United States and that their names and school wouldn't be disclosed. The plaintiffs signed a standard consent agreement, but -- and here's a shocker -- the suit claims they were drunk at the time of signing.
The suit goes on to say that the plaintiffs would have behaved differently had they known that the movie would show in the United States. It alleges that they "have suffered and will continue to suffer humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress, loss of reputation, good will and standing" in their community.
The plaintiffs were paid $200 apiece (and given free alcohol, no doubt) to appear in the movie. Now they're charging the film's producers with fraud and a variety of contraction misdeeds.
Cohen is not named in the suit.
What do the plaintiffs want? Well, they'd like 20th Century Fox to remove them from the movie and from the advertising for said movie. They're hoping for punitive damages in excess of $25,000, according to media reports.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times