TORONTO -- Not waiting until Friday when he is due to talk about his latest movie, "Sicko," at the Toronto International Film Festival, Michael Moore grabbed the stage Thursday night at an aborted screening of 20th Century Fox's "Borat."
At around 11 minutes into the 82-minute world premiere at the Ryerson Theatre for "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," the projector failed, prompting howls of disappointment from the expectant house.
Only minutes earlier, comic Sacha Baron Cohen ("Da Ali G Show"), who stars in the comedy as the gleeful Kazakh TV journalist Borat Sagdiyev, roared up the red carpet in a cart that included a small pony and, as the Kazakh national anthem played in the background, he was pulled by a half-dozen woman in peasant dress.
When the projector failed and the lights went up in the theater, Baron Cohen still in character as Borat, blamed the delay on "poor Kazakh technology", before urging the capacity crowd to enjoy some "sexy time
" until the projector was fixed.
But as the delay dragged on, Moore suddenly emerged from the audience to insist he could fix the projector, if someone could find the parts.
Moore then held an impromptu Q&A with "Borat" director Larry Charles, posed for photographs with audience members, and even wrote one young girl a late slip for school the next day.
After the screening was canceled, festival officials announced a replacement screening will take place Friday night at the Elgin Theatre.
Also Friday, Michael Moore will take part in a Maverick session at TIFF, and will show a clip from his upcoming documentary, "Sicko."