We won't spoil too many details of Bruno's run-in with twin PR girls (and Kristin Cavallari lookalikes?) Nicole and Suzie DeFosset, but suffice it to say that the duo know that Darfur is a "hot" charity option and not much else about the place. We won't even start on Darfive, since the movie just premiered today and all.
BlackBook tracked down the twins to see how, after all the 'Borat' hype, they were tricked into an interview and how they reacted to seeing themselves onscreen.
How were you approached to do this interview with this personality who ended up being Bruno?
Well they first contacted us through our website. They emailed us and said that they wanted to do an interview with this person who wants to rebrand himself from Europe, and he’s coming to America, and he’s looking to rebrand his image and get more PR visibility. They wanted to meet with us for an initial on-camera consultation, and then they wanted to do an interview with the client. They didn’t give us the name, they just said he was a European personality who was coming to America and he wanted to get more visibility in the US. And we were like, "Oh, this is kind of interesting." I asked them how they found our website and they said that—we have testimonies of celebrities on our website, and Rocco DiSpirito is one of them—and they said that they really love the kind of clients we work with. And we do a lot of red carpet events, and he was looking to do red carpet events as well.
How did they explain the cameras? Did they say that this was being filmed for Austrian television?
Actually they said that they were working with German Television 1 on a documentary about the character. They couldn’t give us his name, but they said he was coming to the US for more exposure and that they would also be filming a documentary of the meeting, and it would possibly air back in Europe.
Did they have a release form they made you sign?
Yeah we signed a release form, but in the industry, it’s not uncommon. We love meeting up with different people, and we always take on new business meetings. It was a basic document we signed, and they paid us more than our standard price that we would charge. So they paid us up front in cash for the meeting, and then they gave us additional cash for it to be on camera as well. So we’re like yeah, we’ll take the meeting and see what happens.
And then you see him, and you obviously know who Sacha Baron Cohen is, right?
Yeah, we obviously know who he is—we know Ali G and we know Borat, we're huge fans. But Bruno, we didn’t recognize him at all. But after two minutes talking to him, we definitely realized that it wasn't a real business meeting. We were definitely suspicious because he was asking ridiculously funny questions and we were on camera. We definitely had an idea that something was going on.
How long did it take you to realize you've been had?
It actually took us almost 11 months and it was pretty surreal for us because a friend sent us a message, and he was like, you girls are in 'Bruno', did you know that? And we didn't think anything of it. We were like, what's 'Bruno'? And he was like, It's Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie. And we were like, what? But we still didn’t know if it was official, like if they had cut our part or anything. And then we saw the TV promos, and we were in the highlights, and we’re like oh, it's official, we're in the movie now.
And how did you react to that news? Were you worried you’d come off looking foolish?
We didn't look at it in a negative way at all, because we weren't celebrities, we weren’t like Ron Paul having to make a public apology for what happened or anything. It was a fun experience for us, we laughed at it. They really edited this thing. We met with him for two hours, and our part was less than two minutes. Everyone knows that Sacha Baron Cohen makes fun of people in movies, so we took it as humorous, and we thought of it as a different opportunity to brand our company.
Did you talk to Bruno [at the premiere-night after-party]?
He wasn't in costume and was more mellow. But we actually got to hang out with Isla. She's so cool and funny, and she thought we were hilarious in the scene and loves our voices. And it was funny—she was like, "I'm so excited to meet you girls," and I was thinking, wait, we're so excited to meet you! And then we got to meet a lot of the writers and editors who cut our scene to make it what it is.
For the twin's full Q&A, visit BlackBook.