In the scene, which was featured in the Amazon Prime Video release, Borat can be seen performing an offensive song about the “Wuhan flu” to a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers, under the guise of “Country Steve”.
Speaking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Baron Cohen said: “It was going great… everyone was singing along. The problem was that some of the militia groups in this rally had been antagonising the Black Lives Matter protests.
“And so as revenge, some of the Black Lives Matter protesters were coming over to confront them.”
According to Baron Cohen, some undercover Black Lives Matter attendees recognised him through the disguise, and word spread that the seemingly right-wing music performer was actually the star of Borat.
“The organisers and a lot of people in the crowd got very angry,” he continued. “They tried to storm the stage. Luckily for me, I had hired the security. So it took them a while to actually storm the stage.”
Colbert then shared a behind-the-scenes clip of the incident, which confirms Baron Cohen’s story.
It shows the stage being stormed by angry rally-goers, while the actor is bundled into a van, having to hold the door closed to prevent people from breaking in.
“This was the first movie where I’ve had to wear a bulletproof vest,” he said. “One of the guys who stormed the stage went for his pistol.
“Luckily, there was a very brave guard who leaned in and said ‘It’s not worth it, buddy’ and that actually worked!”