Two college, frat boys have lost at an attempt to get their scene removed from the film “Borat.” In the movie the boys are depicted as booze guzzling idiots making racial and homophobic remarks. They claim the movie has ruined their reputation and they asked a court to demand the scene they appear in be removed.
They claim the movie’s producers got them drunk and told them that the movie would not be shown in the United Stated. They sued last month.
The South Carolina college students lost again when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman ruled they had failed to show a reasonable probability of success on the merits of their case or that money damages alone would be insufficient to resolve their claims.
Arguments on the latest motion focused mainly on the future DVD release of the hit movie, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”
The faux documentary, distributed by 20th Century Fox, has already grossed more than $120 million at the North American box office after six weeks in theaters.
The lawyer for the students, Olivier Taillieu, said last week that while the film’s theatrical run is coming to a close, the perpetuity of the film on DVD posed ongoing problems for his clients, including harm to their ability to seek work.
Last month, Taillieu said the movie had cost one of the students a job at a major corporation and another a prestigious internship. The students were identified in court papers only as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2. A third student involved in the scene did not take part in the suit.
Score one for Borat! Since this movie has been released and has become such a success, the film’s producers and production company has been plagued by lawsuits. Too little too late if you ask me. They should be happy, because this will probably be their biggest accomplishment in life. At least something exciting happened to them even though they will always be referred to as “those dunk fat asses from Borat.”