Don’t always be so quick to sign releases to appear in films, folks — the courts seem to side with the filmmakers. They’ve thrown out three more lawsuits against the producers of the Borat film by people who either disliked the way they were portrayed in the film or wanted a cut of its profits.
The Baltimore-based driver’s education teacher who gets behind the wheel with Borat and two etiquette coaches (including the one who had to explain that human feces belong in the toilet, not at the dinner table) each sued Cohen and 20th Century Fox for allegedly engaging in fraudulent tactics to get them to appear on film.
But U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska noted in her Sept. 3 ruling that all three plaintiffs consented to participating in a “documentary-style movie” by accepting money for their efforts and signing releases that freed the filmmakers from liability.
So far, none of the unwitting stars of the Borat film have been successful in their lawsuits. All have been dismissed.