Michael Jackson's sudden death apparently has altered Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comedy "Bruno". Prior to its Los Angeles premiere on Thursday night, June 25, the comedy movie has undergone a significant cut with the elimination of a scene featuring Michael's older sister, La Toya Jackson, out of respect to the mourning family.
The scene reportedly is similar to the prank done to "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul, where she was coaxed over to a home in Los Angeles to do an interview with Bruno. It is claimed that during the La Toya's scene, this fictional gay Austrian fashion journalist creates a pretext to copy Michael's telephone number from her BlackBerry.
People close to the studio stated that the cutting out of the scene was a last-minute edit, reasoning that even in the often-shocking comedy, jokes at the expense of the late King of Pop would have been in poor taste. During a Wednesday, June 24, screening the scene was still intact, but it will be absent at the Thursday premiere with a high possibility that it will end up deleted when the movie opens wide in the United States.
"Bruno" comes from a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen in comedy television series "Da Ali G Show". Directed by Larry Charles, this movie takes the format of "Borat" and is said to highlight the interviews between the eccentric gay Austrian fashion reporter and unsuspecting guests. It is set to open in U.S. theaters on July 10.
Michael Jackson passed away on Thursday, June 25 at the age of 50. It is suspected that he died of a cardiac arrest at his Holmby Hills home. His brother, Jermaine Jackson, has shared few details surrounding Michael's death. "My brother, the legendary king of pop, Michael Jackson, passed away on Thursday, June 25, at 2:26 P.M.," he stated. "It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until the results of the autopsy are known."