OnlyOnAOL: Sacha Baron Cohen takes aim at Donald Trump

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BY DONNA FREYDKIN

No, Sacha Baron Cohen doesn't have ESP or a crystal ball. When he wrote "The Brothers Grimsby," opening Friday, he had no idea that a certain New York real estate developer named Donald Trump would wind up the Republican presidential frontrunner.

"Three months ago, when I stuck him in the movie, no one thought that he would still be in the race. I had no idea. The crazy thing about democracy is that people can get in who you never expected to get in. The great thing about history is, it shows that ranting demagogues on stage in rallies encouraging racial hatred have never led to anything bad. So we're all fine," says Baron Cohen.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Gabourey Sidibe visits AOL Hq for Build on March 9, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam GalaiHe's kidding. Very much so. In fact, there's an operatic scene at the end of "Grimsby" that takes full, unapologetic aim at Trump. We won't reveal any spoilers here.

"Something bad happens to Donald Trump. In a movie like this, you have to make sure it's a deserving target. I've been completely blown away that there's a unanimous response around the world, in audiences around the world, that they cheer and they literally stand up and give an ovation when this terrible tragedy happens to (him)," says Baron Cohen.

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Trump aside, there's sex aplenty in the film. Most notably, with Gabourey Sidibe, who has a small but crucial part as a hotel maid. "There was a lot of things going on in that scene so it was six days (to film)," says Sidibe.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Gabourey Sidibe visits AOL Hq for Build on March 9, 2016 in New York. Photos by Noam GalaiAn explosion, for starters. "It wasn't always sex," says Baron Cohen. "There was foreplay."

The two first met at a party, when Baron Cohen spotted Sidibe and had an inkling that the "Empire" star was funny. He wasn't disproven. Sidibe, meanwhile, was struck by Baron Cohen's non-slapstick approach to his work.

"What you do is very technical. You're very serious and very smart about everything. It's interesting to watch you figure out where the joke is and where the laugh will be and where the understanding will be," says Sidibe. "I was surprised by how serious a person he is, how seriously he takes a joke. I guess I kind of thought you'd be kind of silly all the time."

Every facet of Baron Cohen's films is thought out, including his character's very standout attire, which this time includes baggy shorts, scraggly tops, sideburns, and shower shoes. "I was looking to create an idiotic, slightly violent Northern English character and coincidentally Liam Gallagher had the same look. So the similarities are completely coincidental," he says.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Nobby aka Sacha Baron Cohen arrives for the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher attend the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Mark Strong and Sacha Baron Cohen attend the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen and Grimsby girls attend the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Nobby aka Sacha Baron Cohen arrives for the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Nobby aka Sacha Baron Cohen arrives for the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Mark Strong and Sacha Baron Cohen attend the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong attend the world premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Mark Strong, Johnny Vegas, Annabelle Wallis, Ricky Tomlinson, Sacha Baron Cohen, John Thompson, Isla Fisher, Louis Leterrier and Gabourey Sidibe attend the World premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen attends the World Premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen as character Norman 'Nobby' Grimsby attends the world premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen as character Norman 'Nobby' Grimsby attends the world premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen as character Norman 'Nobby' Grimsby attends the world premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen as character Norman 'Nobby' Grimsby attends the world premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Sacha Baron Cohen as character Norman 'Nobby' Grimsby attends the world premiere of 'Grimsby' at Odeon Leicester Square on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
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