Sacha Baron Cohen Threatened By Liam Gallagher, Modeled ‘Grimsby’ Look On Musician
Liam Gallagher, the founding member of Oasis, threatened Sacha Baron Cohen with bodily harm before the comedic satirist decided to use the musician’s look for his new character in Grimsby.
Sacha Baron Cohen v. Liam Gallagher
Conan O’Brien had Cohen on his show this week, where he asked him about Grimsby’s hair and unusual facial hair that make Cohen a dead-ringer for the famously disagreeable Gallagher. Cohen soon informed O’Brien that the similarities weren’t an accident.
Cohen went on to explain that it all started a few years back at the GQ Awards, where he planned to make a joke at Gallagher’s expense.
“I said to my wife [Isla Fisher], I said, ‘Listen, I’m going to make a joke about Liam Gallagher and Liam Gallagher is going to be there,’ and she said, ‘Do not do that. Liam Gallagher has a history of violence,’ ” Cohen told O’Brien.
At an after-party, Cohen found himself seated next to U2’s Bono – and Gallagher, who seemed a bit miffed that Cohen didn’t end up cracking on him.
According to Cohen, Gallagher asked him, “‘Why the f–k didn’t you take the p–s out of me tonight?'” adding, “And I said, ‘I just didn’t get round to it.’ ”
None to pleased, Gallagher, threatened, “You know what, I’m going to stab you. I’m going to stab you in the eye.”
Cohen told O’Brien, “I thought to myself, I’ve never heard such a specific threat. That’s a good aim. Anyway, eventually he didn’t stab me so I thought I would avoid confrontation by having my hair done like him in the next movie.”
In response to Cohen’s claims, a spokesperson for Gallagher said, “Liam wants to clarify that it wasn’t just the one eye, it was both.”
Grimsby hits theaters March 11.