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Isla Fisher Says Being With Borat Didn’t Help Her Career

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Isla Fisher, the one who isn’t Amy Adams, gave an interview with Cosmopolitan UK where she claims she had no help in Hollywood at all, despite dating and then marrying Sacha Baron Cohen, who was A+++ in Hollywood for a good few months (and then Bruno happened). Here’s what she told Cosmo (via Daily Mail):

I really have had no help. In fact, the one time I did ask for help was after my agent in LA fired me. I was auditioning for all sorts of things but kept getting told “no”, so she just fired me! So anyway, I said to Sacha, who was my boyfriend at the time, “Can you ask your agent if they’ll represent me?” And his agent said, “No way”. It was the only favor I’d ever asked, and I was like, “OK… great”. But it spurred me on. I’ve had no helping hand in Hollywood. But in general I’ve found that when it comes to getting jobs, what’s meant for you can’t pass you by.

Yeah, okay. I can buy that in the very beginning Borat’s agent wouldn’t want to take her on as a client, but there is no way that Borat didn’t help her get auditions, either through him personally or a meeting he set up with someone else, like a producer or casting agent. That’s just total bullshit. They started dating around 2002 – 2003, and a year later she’s working with David O. Russell in I Heart Huckabees, then she and Cohen get engaged, and soon after that she gets her career defining role in the huge Hollywood big budget comedy Wedding Crashers, and that has nothing to do with Cohen at all? Girl, please.

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  • Okay, I’ve thought about this post quite a bit. Long time reader, havev’t commented in a bit. I feel ya, It’s easy to think there’s no way for her to have succeded thus far, without the heavy help from her partner… But you have to think about it from a professional acting standpoint as well. I read her response and I found it inspiring, believable, and pretty wise. Sure, Sacha probably got her into a few auditions or meetings with casting agents down the line, but what type of opportunities did she introduce HIM to? That’s some crazy networking coming from both ends. Two actors on the cusp of stardum and lovers as well you bet they’re going to be influncing each other. It’s rough enouh as it is to be a forign, funny, out of the box woman in Hollywood, you’d have to work you ass off to arrive at where she’s at- and that’s no small feat for any human. But I digress.. Terribly long story short, I feel your comment puts into the minds that there is no way a woman could get this far in her situation/life/career without the help of a famous man she happend to be schlepping at the time. Let’s give it up for the successful,unique and talented go-geter and not mistake her work ethic with his “star” power.

  • this review is the problem. Why do we have to bring women down and amount their achievements to the men in their lives.

    • Agree. It kind of kills me that lately Beet swings back and forth between a kind of feminism and… well this post. This is the kind of post that ain’t helping. Isla is a funny talented lady who doesn’t fit the Hollywood stereotype. I totally believe she’s “made it” because she’s flat out worked her ass off.

  • “”So, yeah, I don’t think we can asmuse Strangelove was not Jewish.So we’re to asmuse that Lionel Mandrake and President Merkin Muffley were also Jewish because they were played by a Jewish actor? “So Strangelove was supposed to be a Jewish Nazi?I think you’re reading WAY too much into this.”Of course. The film, Dr. Strangelove, or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb,” was based on a book by a British author. Kubrick had renounced America and was living in England, hence the anti-American strain. Dr. Strangelove was not in the book and was a Kubrick/Terry Southern addition. Kubrick understood the complexity of human events to an extent few others ever have. “Nazi” is an archetype of no fixed address and many aliases, depending on where they turn up and who’s hosting the event. However, Dr. Strangelove was NOT supposed to be literally Jewish. He was definitely supposed to be German although the film didn’t really explore the good doctor’s childhood and family. I think Werner von Braun was, unjustly perhaps, the model for him.This was too briliant a movie not be chock full of subtext. Strangelove was not scripted to be a Jewish Nazi. duh. This was 1964. But can’t you see how the resemblance to Kissinger is part of the joke? That toothy little rat smile? The subtle changes of expression with every thought passing. That Sellers himself, the real Sellers, is part of the dark, dark, sparkling joke? That Sellers playing the American President and the British, stiff-upper-lip, always rational soldier who saves the day and remains calm with insanity all around him, is also part of the joke? When the Americans aren’t protecting the rights of Coke machines or shooting down their own men while worrying about bodily fluids, they are shagging in back of the war room. It is sort of anti-American, but at the time, the probability of nuclear destruction was seen as an immediate matter of life and death. If ridiculing the perps could reign in the insanity, so be it.btw, Sellers was also supposed to play the yahoo who rides the bomb to its destination, but broke his leg before he get the Texas accent down.