The current political state of the whole world is in shambles. Extremists are rising to power in major countries of the world; and while one might think that with their radical ideas, they will save their countries, people should also keep in mind that history has never painted such extremists in any colour other than red. Thus, it becomes even more important for films and television shows to educate the public about the people they are voting to power. Sacha Baron Cohen attempts a similar feat in his political satire, ‘Who Is America?’. He also executive produces the show for Showtime, alongside Anthony Hines, Todd Schulman, Andrew Newman, Dan Mazer and Adam Lowitt. The episodes have been collectively directed by Cohen, Payman Benz, Daniel Gray Longino, Dan Mazer, Todd Schulman and Nathan Fielder.
Who Is America Cast: Who’s in it?
Sacha Baron Cohen has already proved his chameleonic ability to transform into various personalities through his roles like ‘Borat’, ‘The Dictator’ and ‘Da Ali G Show’. ‘Who Is America?’ is another in line of such satires. His first character is Billy Wayne Ruddick, a man obsessed with conspiracy theories who runs a website. Next is Dr Nira Can-N’Degeocello, a Democratic who views the divide between the liberals and the conservatives as a deteriorating thing for the country and wants to bring both ideologies together. His openness to diversity reflects from the names he has given to his children- Harvey Milk and Malala.
In another role, Cohen takes over the skin of Rick Sherman, a British man, recently released from prison. The environment of the place allowed him to develop some talent and now he is looking for someone who can help him further his cause. Cohen’s best character in the show comes in the form of Erran Morad, an ex-Mossad, currently serving in the Israeli military as an anti-terrorism expert. He is known for brainstorming radical ideas regarding how certain issues should be handled in the country. Another transformation calls the actor to morph into Gio Monaldo, a billionaire who hails from Milan and has directed his charities towards the problems in Africa, like the Ebola virus and child soldiers. And then there is a Finnish YouTuber, named OMGWhizzBoyOMG!. Twitter accounts were created to add a look of authenticity to each character.
Who Is America Plot: What’s it About?
In every episode, Sacha Baron Cohen uses his characters to go around and interview various public figures, most of whom are current or former congressmen. Some of these personalities include Bernie Sanders, Larry Pratt, Matt Gaetz, Trent Lott, Dana Rohrabacher, Joe Wilson, Joe Walsh, Jason Spencer, Corrine Olympios, Ted Koppel, Dick Cheney, Roy Moore, Chip Limehouse, Bone Crusher, Joe Arpaio and O J Simpson.