Monday, June 29, 2009

LaToya Jackson scene pulled from Bruno to respect brother

The death of Michael Jackson forced a last-minute cut to Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy Brüno, which premiered in Los Angeles yesterday evening.

As the news broke, a scene in which Cohen interviews the singer's sister, LaToya, was hastily removed from the film. Sources at Universal, the studio behind Brüno, said the decision had been made "out of respect for Jackson's family".
Bruno,” starring British comic Sacha Baron Cohen as a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion correspondent, is set to come out July 10 and is the follow-up to his 2006 smash “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” La Toya Jackson had been featured in an absurd interview with Bruno in which she sits on a Mexican man's back and eats sushi off a second, naked man.

Despite this concession, the Brüno premiere still appears to have thwarted fans' attempts to pay tribute to the singer. With Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame cordoned off ahead of the premiere, confused followers reportedly gathered around the nearby star of another Michael Jackson, a veteran LA-based radio commentator.
Jackson hangs out awhile and politely banters with Bruno, who asks whether she will introduce him to her brother, Michael. She tries to deflect his persistent requests but relents when he asks to see her cell phone — then he finds what is supposedly Michael Jackson's number and reads it to his assistant in German.

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