‘Bachelor’ Star Corinne Olympios Duped by Sacha Baron Cohen: ‘So Ridiculous’



Sacha Baron Cohen tricked Bachelor’ star into taking photos for fake Ebola aid campaign

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  • "Bachelor" star Corinne Olympios was tricked into shooting a fictional "Ebola aid" campaign by Sacha Baron Cohen.
  • In Sunday's episode of "Who is America?" Baron Cohen convinced the 25-year-old that he was a rich photographer.
  • He got her to dress up in a Hazmat suit, take pictures on a green screen, make false statements about "her time in Sierra Leone" with the charity, and even to film a segment convincing people to "adopt a child soldier."

One of the latest people to be duped by Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series "Who Is America?" is a "Bachelor" reality TV star — and what happened will make you cringe.

On Sunday's episode of the controversial new series, which has seen a number of high-profile American guests unwittingly be interviewed by Baron Cohen as he plays a number of fictional roles, 25-year-old Corinne Olympios was tricked into believing he was a rich Italian photographer who wanted her to get involved in a campaign for a fictional Ebola aid charity.

According to The Daily Beast, she was lured into the show under the belief that a UK company was giving her a reality star of the year award.

He convinced her to don a Hazmat suit, stand in front of a green screen, and take photos, with plans to then insert them into real photographs to make it seem like she had travelled to Sierra Leone to take part in charity work.

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The 25-year-old was asked to unzip the suit to show off her lingerie at one point, and was also asked to wear designer sunglasses and a handbag for a few shots.

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Baron Cohen then interviewed Olympios on her made-up time in Sierra Leone.

When he suggested she should tell the camera she visited for a few months, she quietly told him: "But they're gonna know I wasn't there," to which he replied, "I run the charity, don't worry."

He then coaxed her into telling a story about a fictional warlord who was planning on destroying a village until he spotted and recognised Olympios.

He asked her: "There was a warlord in Sierra Leone and he wanted to do a massacre, and apparently he recognized you and you can tell us the story? He was gonna do a massacre of this village, and what happened?"

Olympios replied: "Umm, so he recognized me, and he was a really big fan... he was just really nice, actually, and he was really surprised to see me. I was surprised he knew who I was, and yeah, it was just really humbling.

She went on: "He was really excited and freaking out, so, I mean, it was good, because I saved 6,000 people.

"I feel like because I was so kind back and I was so positive back, it really helped with the whole massacre situation."

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Baron Cohen also got Olympios to shoot a video asking people to consider adopting a child soldier for a month.

Olympios told The Daily Beast: "I'm reading this child with gun thing, and I'm like what the f*** is wrong with you guys, I can't say this, I don't believe in this. They're like no, no, it's fine, it's just for Italy, you have no friends in Italy, who cares… At this point I just want to get out of there, so I just did it."

She said that while everything seemed normal at first, "all of a sudden he starts asking me very, very strange questions. And I'm so confused. I'm like wait, what's going on?"

She added that her phone was taken away from her and her manager wasn't allowed to join her in the warehouse where they were shooting.

"So I'm answering all the questions, I'm saying all the stuff he's telling me to say, I'm visibly getting upset, and they were just trying to keep me calm basically, they were telling me like, 'Oh [your manager]'s just on a phone call, don't worry, I'll go get your phone for you.'

"They kept telling me stuff to keep me calm... And finally I just got so upset and was like what is going on here, this is really crazy, you guys are asking me really unprofessional things!"

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She called it "the craziest day of my life," adding that when she said she was leaving, she was told she couldn't step outside the building.

"I'm like, are you guys kidnapping me? I don't get it. It was like, you're holding me here against my will, what the f*** is going on? You guys are f****** out of your minds!"

She added that she asked the cameramen: "Am I going to die? Am I ok? Where's the exit? Why can't I leave?" but they pretended they didn't speak English.

When she was finally able to leave, she found out her manager had been sent home — and when she told him what had happened, he was sure it sounded like a prank, though she thought it was real.

"I started crying, I was like everyone's going to think I'm a supporter of children with guns, and I said that I helped cure Ebola and that I went to Africa for three months, everyone knows I didn't live in Africa for three months!"

She said that when she eventually realised she had been tricked by Baron Cohen, she started "hysterically laughing and crying at the same time."

"I was almost relieved that it was him, and not some random crazy people trying to do something really scary to me," she said.






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