Sacha Baron Cohen was forced to cast a woman he didn't want in his Me Julie music video because he was threatened with a gun.
The British comedian rose to fame in the late '90s with his fictional wannabe gangster character Ali G, and he teamed up with rapper Shaggy in 2002 to create the tongue-in-cheek rap song Me Julie, about Ali G's girlfriend.
Sacha brought the woman he wanted to play Me Julie over from London to the shoot in Jamaica, but Shaggy's manager wanted somebody else in the role and brandished a gun to get his way.
He writes during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit.com, "One interesting story there was Shaggy's manager said to me, the director (Jonas Akerlund), brought us up to his villa and said 'Listen, I've cast Me Julie' and we said 'No no no, don't worry about that, we've actually cast Me Julie, we found her in London and brought her to Jamaica' and he said 'No no no, you see that woman over there?' We look over and see a semi naked woman in his bed.
"He goes 'That is Me Julie. What time should she be on set?' and we said 'No, we don't want her on set' and he reached into his trousers and pulled out a gun, put it on the table, and said 'what time should she come?' and we said '9:00. 9:00 in the morning is great.'"
Sacha may have cast the woman in his parody video, but he did not let her have the Me Julie part and instead gave her a role as a girl on a beach who gets hit by a soccer ball.
"If you look at the video now, you see there's a woman who gets hit in the head with a soccer ball, and that was the girl," he adds. "That was my own revenge that if this guy had forced me to cast this woman, she'd get smacked in the head with a soccer ball 15 times for every take."