Ms. Ali G. Mulls Tribal Rite

By Gabriel Sanders

Published July 22, 2005, issue of July 22, 2005.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s knack for reinvention may be contagious. Earlier this month, Isla Fisher, the Ali G. creator’s actress fiancée, announced that she’s considering converting to Judaism. The sexy redhead, who was born in Oman to Scottish parents who later relocated to Australia, told Britain’s “This Morning” television show that, not having grown up with much in the way of religion, she finds Cohen’s faith fascinating. “I’m constantly asking him questions about it,” she said. “It’s really beautiful and complex.”

Fisher, who is now starring in the Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson buddy movie “Wedding Crashers” (see story below), is following in the footsteps of such starlets as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Capshaw, all of whom converted for their Jewish husbands.

Busy with publicity, Fisher wasn’t able to take the Forward’s call. But if we’d gotten her, there are two things we’d have loved to ask: If she had to marry one of Cohen’s alter egos, which would she choose? Would it be the swaggering, pot-obsessed Ali G., Kazakh travel reporter Borat Sagdiyev or Austrian hipmeister Bruno? Better yet, while sitting in a chair hoisted high above her wedding guests as they dance the hora, which of Cohen’s personae would she be most upset to see crashing her party?



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