Sacha Baron Cohen's controversial prank interview show Who Is America? has targeted some prominent political figures like Bernie Sanders, Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney. But not everyone pranked by the show is from the world of politics. Some are from the world of entertainment, like The Bachelor's Corinne Olympios.
In case you're unfamiliar with Corinne "Corn" Olympios, she was the breakout star of The Bachelor's 2017 season who won the hearts of America with her outrageous behavior and incredible quotes like "Abraham Lincoln took naps" and "my heart is gold, but my 'vagine' is platinum." But she will probably never appear on any Bachelor franchise show ever again due to her involvement in last year's Bachelor in Paradise sex scandal (she didn't do anything wrong, but the franchise wants to move on).
Now, she can add "victim of Sacha Baron Cohen" to her resumé. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Olympios opened up about a bizarre day of filming with Baron Cohen and his crew.
"He played this crazy Italian man," Olympios said. "He was screaming in a cheesy Italian accent the whole time, I was like, what's this dude's problem?"
No "Italian man" character has appeared yet on Baron Cohen's Showtime series, but so far only one episode has aired.
Olympios says that she was lured in with promise of a "reality star of the year award" given by "a company from the UK." But when she got to the interview, she was separated from her phone and her manager and asked increasingly inappropriate questions. When she got uncomfortable and wanted to leave, they wouldn't let her.
"I'm like, are you guys kidnapping me? I don't get it," she said. "It was like, you're holding me here against my will, what the f--- is going on? You guys are f---ing out of your minds!"
They had her change into several costumes, including a hazmat suit, and had her say crazy things like she helped cure ebola and that she supported arming children (a big part of the first episode) before she walked out.
Olympios was upset at first, but after familiarizing herself with Baron Cohen's work (she didn't know who he was before), she's a fan.
"I love Ali G!" She said. "Now that I know more about him, I'm kind of honored that he chose me to talk to. I think it's really, really cool."
It remains to be seen whether Olympios even makes the final show, but tune in to Who Is America? Sundays at 10/9c on Showtime if you want to find out.
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