'Borat' Star's New Role: Real Estate Mogul?

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Sacha Baron Cohen buys $19 million luxe LA home"Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen, recently slated to play the late rock star Freddie Mercury in an upcoming movie about the band Queen, has just acquired some "very nice, very nice" real estate. The controversial and hilarious British character actor, 38, has added a Mediterranean spread located above Los Angeles' legendary Laurel Canyon, listed at $18.9 million, to his ever-expanding real estate portfolio.

The man behind many people's favorite fictional homophobic racist, Borat, purchased a property as over-the-top as his comedic characters. The compound lies on four wooded acres, and the home itself is set back behind some impressively pop-out-from-behind-the-hedges foliage. Within the gated property is a 1940s-vintage main house with seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. (In case of multiple uncontrollable-laughter emergencies, perhaps?) There's also a guest house, a swimming pool, a detached theater, a wine room, a tennis court with a clubhouse, and a caretaker's cottage to accommodate the movie star's plethora of personalities.

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The real estate acquisitions don't end there for Baron Cohen. Perhaps channeling his inner Donald Trump, the character actor has his 2,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom bungalow that he purchased back in 2005 on the market for $2.9 million. Until he gets a bite, he's leasing that puppy for $9,000 a month. Not too shabby on its own, the modern abode has fancy-pants luxuries and pricey furnishings, like a $2,600 Cellula chandelier, a George Nelson saucer pendant lamp, a Saarinen table, an in-home spa and a fully equipped gym.

The Sunset Boulevard-area bungalow was where Baron Cohen, his wife the actress Isla Fisher and their daughter lived until the $20-million-a-picture star made his "very nice, very nice" upgrade. Pamela Anderson would be impressed.

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