Sacha Baron Cohen has gone deep undercover for his new role in Netflix’s true drama The Spy.
The Borat actor is going full force into drama as he stars as an Israeli secret agent who has to get to grips with his double life as a spy infiltrating the Syrian government.
The upcoming series will tell the true story of former Mossad agent, Eli Cohen, who was enlisted to spy on the Syrian government and gather information in the 1960s, before being sentenced to death.
However, the trailer sees him struggling to deal with living a double life as his identities start to overlap and he runs the risk of losing himself entirely.
‘Do you consider yourself a patriot?’ Eli is asked, before he responds: ‘I love this country with all my might.’
‘If your country needed you to lie to your friends, your family, your wife, would you do it?’ he’s asked. ‘If your country asked you to risk your life, would you do it?’
In his new identity as Kamel Amin Thaabet, Eli explains: ‘When I first became Kamel it was just an act. Those nightmares…they’re not even mine, they’re Kamel’s.’
The dramatic clip ends with the character being told: ‘You are Eli Cohen. You need to remember that.’
‘It’s a bit late for that,’ he replies.
Sacha will star in the Netflix series alongside Noah Emmerich, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, and Nassim Si Ahmed.
And it’s not the first time the 47-year-old has been out of his comfort zone recently, revealing that he sought the help of professional interrogator before interviewing OJ Simpson in disguise for his show Who Is America?
The actor and comedian posed as a wealthy Italian billionaire interested in going into business with OJ, but used to opportunity to try and wheedle out a murder confession from the former American football star.
‘I had an absurdly ambitious aim. I did try. So I trained up with an FBI interrogator,’ the 47-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘I trained with supposedly the greatest FBI interrogator, and eventually he goes, “Who’s this for?” And I go, “It’s for OJ” And he goes, “That’s going to be tough”.’
While the actor didn’t reveal the techniques the FBI agent taught him, he did say: ‘The FBI have a way with people who are finding it hard to confess.
‘There was a sequence that I memorised.’
Well, that all sounds quite terrifying.
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