Sacha Baron Cohen, a comedian known for his BS, claims that he once somehow managed to arrange an interview with Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson …
And as if that itself isn’t far-fetched enough, the comedian claims that the interview itself went so awry that he was forced to flee from Carson’s Secret Service contingent … and that he somehow got away. Question: Has anybody in American history ever successfully evaded the Secret Service!?
So what exactly is all this about? While speaking at some fancy Hollywood event recently, the comedian recalled the above story to the guests present, according to Page Six.
He claimed that after he’d secured an interview with Carson to occur at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C., he showed up to the hotel as “OMGWhizzBoyOMG,” one of the many goofy characters he plays. Cohen has a habit of scheduling interviews with noted figures and then showing up to the interviews as one of these ridiculous characters.
Here’s the problem: Interviewing a high-level government official like Carson is nothing like interviewing someone such as, say, former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh.
Learn more about Walsh’s humiliation below:
“We get there and there were Secret Service everywhere … it turns out that there’s a conference there … and there were Secret Service throughout the building,” Cohen reportedly recalled to his crowd of Hollywood types. “So I was like, ‘S–t! How do I get him?'”
First and foremost, he had to get past the ID check.
“I spoke to my lawyer and I said, ‘What happens if [Secret Service] wants to see my ID?’ And he goes, ‘Well, you have to show him your ID then, that’s illegal not to show him.'”
Luckily for him, he had a fake ID on him. However, his lawyer explained that showing a fake ID to a Secret Service agent is the perfect recipe for someone looking to go to jail.
“I go, ‘OK what if I bend over and the fake ID falls on the floor? And they pick it up?’ And he goes, ‘That might be OK,'” Cohen’s story continued.
So what do you think he did next?
“I bend over … they pick it up, fine, I walk on,” Cohen recalled.
Yeah, OK, sure, that’s believable …
The next step was to get past a White House press officer who was standing in the interview room. According to Cohen, the unnamed officer was caught completely off guard by him and the Shopkins — they’re a type of tiny, collectible toy — that he’d brought with him.
“[H]e sees all these Shopkins that I’ve got there. And he goes, ‘What are those?’ And I go [in character], ‘Those are Shopkins!’ He said, ‘I know what they are — why are there Shopkins here?'”
This is the character he was talking about:
After Cohen tried answering in character again, the staffer “literally gave one look to the Secret Service, and Ben Carson’s leg is coming in and literally falls backwards.”
Apparently, Carson had just been about to enter the room for the interview but was quickly pulled aside once the press officer realized he was dealing with a crazy man.
And that’s when the story really got crazy (as if it’s not already crazy …).
“Then they looked — the rest of the Secret Service — like something is going on,” Cohen continued, adding that he then fled to another room to hide and speak with his own security adviser.
“The Secret Service know you’re here, and that something’s up, they don’t know what it is, whether it’s an attack or something’s going on, and they’re looking for you,” the adviser said.
Wait. If the Secret Service were worried about Cohen, why did they let him leave the interview room? It doesn’t even make any sense, does it? It sounds so … contrived.
“I hide in this other room. Then I find out the Secret Service is coming to our room. I booked another room upstairs. I go to the other room,” the comedian’s story continued.
What is this — catch a moron mole? The Secret Service is one of the most powerful law enforcement sub-agencies in the country. The idea that they’d be so easy to evade is absurd.
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 13, 2016
But it gets better (or worse, depending on how you view things).
Cohen claimed that “some of the Secret Service were dressed as housekeepers and room service guys” and that he has “behind-the-scene footage” to prove this. Where’s the footage then?
And now comes the most outrageous part of the story …
Cohen reportedly claimed that he’d planned “an escape route … down around the back of the building through the garbage.”
Apparently, he’s now James Bond …
“And the security guard said … ‘They’re by the garbage,'” Cohen continued. “And I said, ‘How do we get out of the building?’ There’s, like, 18 of these guys.'”
“We’re going to position a getaway car in front of the hotel … You’ve got 25 feet from the elevator opening to the car,” his security adviser/guard replied.
“What about the Secret Service guys?” Cohen then pressed.
“If they come towards you, I’m gonna take them down,” the guard allegedly replied.
“I go, ‘What?!'” Cohen’s insane story continued. “He goes, ‘Because that’s what I have to do to get you into the car.’ I manage to get to the car, and we were followed by a police car for about five minutes and they didn’t pull us over so I managed to get away with that.”
So not only did he manage to escape the Secret Service, but he also managed to escape the Washington, D.C. police …
Nothing about his story is remotely believable. And given his notorious history of lying about virtually everything, there’s likewise no reason to believe him.
But hey, he does deserve credit for telling one helluva’ fictional short story!
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