Childminder says as the “moral compass” of the new Borat film that she felt “betrayed” after she was led to believe she was taking part in a reality documentary about a teenage girl being prepared to marry a man rich – and prayed for it until a trailer came out.
Jeanise Jones, 62, said the filmmakers never came up with the true premise after she was recruited through a church in Oklahoma City to be addressed in the satire of Sacha Baron Cohen.
“I feel like she’s from the Third World and those kind of things happen where they sell women. I think it’s for real so I felt betrayed by him, ”he told The Post.
In the film, Subsequent Borat Moviefilm, Baron Cohen revives his famous Kazakh journalist character, Borat Sagdiye, as he teases politicians and other unaware Americans under the guise of marriage from his teenage daughter Tutar, played by 24-year-old Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova.
Jones’ minister, Derrick Scobey, said the production had contacted Ebenezer Baptist Church about the need for a “sassi” black grandmother in her 70s to take part in a documentary and landed on Jones after talking to a few other audiences.
Jones – who had never heard of Baron Cohen – was given the task of watching “Tutar,” who was led to believe he was 14 or 15 years old.
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“They told me it was a documentary for this young woman to understand that she has rights and can do whatever a man can do,” said Jones.
In the film, Jones was seen assuring Tutar that she doesn’t need plastic surgery to get married, and wants her to “be happy” and “use your brain, because your father is a liar.”
“I felt pain for her and trying [to see] if there’s any way we can go through it she doesn’t need to do it all, ”Jones said.
Jones said she filmed some of the scenes in Oklahoma, then was flown out to Washington state months later to film another. She was paid about $ US3,600 (AU $ 5045.27) for participating and was told that the flick would show up overseas in November.
But after filming wrapped, she worried about the girl and asked other congregations in her church to help pray for her.
“We were concerned,” said Jones.
“We were there praying for her and asking God to help her and we were doing what we thought was the Christian thing to do.”
She said she learned it was all just a ruse when her cousin showed her the trailer for an Amazon Prime movie last week.
“I was just shocked and it was that kind of film,” said Jones, adding that she wishes producers had come clean earlier.
Her minister has said he thinks Baron Cohen is apologizing to Jones and paying her better compensation for his role in the film.
“I would love to see it, if nothing else, on a Zoom call in a very lighthearted way, ‘Sorry we pulled one on you,'” said Scobey – adding that a check would be nice too , Jones has since been dismissed from his position as insurance claims auditor.
Meanwhile, the minister has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Jones, whom he calls the film’s “moral compass”. To date it has raised about $ US5800 (AU $ 8128.49) from its $ US100,000 target (AU $ 140146.30).
“Just saying she got the short end of the stick, you love her all over the world, so it would be a blessing if you gave,” said Scobey.
This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.