Washington, Nov 25(ANI): 'Borat' actor Sacha Baron Cohen has revealed that as a youngster, it was not so much acting but rap songs and breakdancing that enthralled him.
The London-born entertainer, who entered the world of showbiz as a professional breakdancer, insists that he was such a die-hard hip-hop fan as a youngster, that he even set up his own dance troupe with friends.
"As a kid, I was very into rap. I used to breakdance. Starting at the age of 12, my mother would take me and my crew in the back of her Volvo. We had the linoleum in the back, and she'd drive us to Covent Garden (London) in the middle of winter; and we'd pull the lino out and start breakdancing. We didn't really have a name until we started doing bar mitzvahs. I think we were called Black on White. We used mainly robotics," Contactmusic quoted him as saying.
However, despite growing out of the hobby, Cohen insists that his experiences with the band gave him material for his first funny TV character Ali G.
"Essentially, we were middle-class Jewish white boys, who were adopting this culture, which we thought was very cool. That was sort of the origins of Ali G," he added.
Having proven that he can make millions for Hollywood , Cohen is set to pocket more than 16 mn dollars next year as advance fees for his planned 'Bruno' film.A planned talking Borat doll, which says eight phrases including 'Yagshemash' and 'The Jews are shifting their shapes' is also set to go on sale in 2007.
Cohen will shoot the 'Bruno' movie in the summer of 2007, prior to which, he is committed to starring in the film version of the Broadway musical 'Sweeney Todd', alongside Johnny Depp.(ANI)