Two fraternity boys are suing over their appearance in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
The men have filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox and three other production companies, claiming they were tricked into appearing in the movie starring Sacha Baron Cohen as a bumbling Kazakh journalist, the Associated Press reports.
The plaintiffs – who remain unnamed in the suit “to protect themselves from any additional and unnecessary embarrassment” – are identified in the movie as fraternity members from a university in South Carolina.
In the film, they make racist and sexist comments while drinking in a scene aboard an RV with Cohen’s character.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs “engaged in behavior that they otherwise would not have engaged in.” The suit alleges that in October 2005, a production crew took the men to a bar to “loosen up” before filming them in a documentary they said would air outside the U.S.
“They were induced to agree to participate and were told the name of the fraternity and the name of their school wouldn’t be used,” the plaintiffs’ attorney, Olivier Taillieu, told the AP. “They were put into an RV and were made to believe they were picking up Borat the hitchhiker.”
After the trip to the bar, the students signed a release they were told had “had something to do with liability issues with being in the RV,” Taillieu said.
20th Century Fox spokesman Gregg Brilliant said the suit has “no merit.”
The film, which follows Borat across the country on a mission to meet Pamela Anderson, took in $26.5 million on its opening weekend.