Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film requested by Buckingham Palace
Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s film about a homosexual Austrian television reporter, is to be shown to the Royal Family.
Universal Studios, which produced the 18-rated movie, reportedly received an official email from Buckingham Palace for a copy earlier this week.
It is not known which members of the Royal Family will be given the chance to watch the film when it is shown at the private screening at Balmoral, but the next scheduled guests to stay at the Highland retreat are the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, according to The Sun newspaper.
Bruno, about a homosexual fashion fanatic who wants to be ‘the most famous Austrian since Hitler’, has been a box office hit, making £34.5 million on its opening weekend alone.
It features a graphic sex scene involving Bruno, his pygmy lover and a specially adapted exercise bike. In another scene Bruno sparks a riot at a cage-fighting contest when the competitors start kissing.
Other controversial scenes include Bruno appearing on an American chat show, telling the studio audience that he adopted his baby in Africa by swapping him for an iPod. He then talks about using his new baby, who he names OJ and who appears in a midriff-baring T-shirt emblazoned with the word ‘Gayby’, in a controversial ‘arts project’ involving a fashion shoot with the baby posing as Jesus on a crucifix.
Baron Cohen, 37, has publicised the movie by dressing up as a Buckingham Palace guard – complete with furry Busby hat and leather hot pants.
It was reported last week that a cinema showing the film warned fans it was ‘vile’ and to stay away if they don’t want to be offended. Officials at Diamond Screen cinema in Navan, Co Meath, left a recorded message on the ticket hot line about the tasteless antics of the gay Austrian TV reporter.