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Borat 2: Fundraiser for film's 'breakout star' raises over $125,000

This image released by Amazon Studios shows Sacha Baron Cohen in a scene from "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm."
This image released by Amazon Studios shows Sacha Baron Cohen in a scene from "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm." Copyright Amazon Studios via AP
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By Emma Beswick
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Jeanise Jones, a grandmother of six, was duped into believing she was babysitting Borat's teenage daughter, Tutar, but ended up giving her some sage advice.


An online fundraiser for Jeanise Jones, a 62-year-old who appeared in the new Borat film, had raised over $125,000 (€107,000) at the time of writing.

The grandmother-of-six has been labelled the "breakout star" of Sacha Baren Cohen's mockumentary named Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which sees its lead characters play tricks on unsuspecting people in the US.

Jones' pastor, Derrick Scobey, set up the appeal for people to say "thank you to Jeanise" who is a "faithful church member and just an overall great person who will help anyone".

"She wasn’t paid much money at all for her role in this movie," he said, adding she was currently unemployed "due to Covid" after previously working in a job for 32 years.

Jones was duped into believing she was babysitting the lead character's teenage daughter, Tutar, played by actress Maria Bakalova, in the film.

The pastor said she was recruited from the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City by producers who told him they were looking for a “Black grandmother” for a small role in a documentary.

Many have applauded Jones after she displayed empathy towards Tutar and contested her self-deprecating comments.

The grandmother told the actress she did not need plastic surgery to attract a man, saying that for Tutar to “be happy” she should "use your brain, because your daddy is a liar".

"This was not scripted for Jeanise. It all came from the heart. She is one of the most authentic people I’ve ever met," wrote Scobey.

He added that before she learned it was not a real documentary, Jones was "WORRIED about this young lady for a year".

Jones told the New York Post she only found out the real motive of the Amazon Prime film when she saw the trailer, adding that she "felt pain for her (Tutar)" until this point.

She said she was paid around $3,600 (€3,084) for her part in the project.

"It was uplifting to learn that your kindness and generous advise in the film's 'hypothetical situation' (a moral test that most people failed, trying instead to take advantage of that girl) was all real. Thank you!" one person who donated wrote.

"Ms Jones, you were the most authentic and good-hearted human being in the film and I loved how you took good care of Borat's daughter!" wrote another.

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