Sacha Baron Cohen Hugo – Sacha Baron Cohen says director Martin Scorsese intended to create an enchanting, intelligent work of art with their new family movie “Hugo” and wasn’t concerned little ones might find it too long to sit through at 127 minutes.
Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s 530-page novel “The Inventions of Hugo Cabret” is earning rave reviews from critics. It was No. 5 at the U.S. box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, even though it played on 1,277 screens, about a third of the number of screens on which each of the other films in the Top 5 could be found.
“It seems to me, Marty makes films for himself. He is an artist, a true artist, and he makes the movie that he wants to see. My first line in the movie had the word ‘malfeasance’ in it, which I barely understood, and I said, ‘Are you worried children some children won’t understand that?’ And he said, ‘No, it’s the right word to use there,'” Cohen told reporters in New York recently.
Scorsese “is one of the last remaining artists and I think we should respect that,” Cohen said. “The movie is not focus-grouped and it’s not tailored for a 7-year-old in Iowa or Berlin or anywhere to appreciate. Marty made a work of art in the same way [pioneering French filmmaker Georges] Melies did. I think that’s a beautiful thing and an incredible achievement for a filmmaker to be able to do that.”
“Hugo” is about an orphaned boy, played by Asa Butterfield, who secretly lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris and takes care of all its clocks. Hugo, who has a gift for fixing broken machines, strikes up a friendship with the once-great but forgotten filmmaker Georges Melies, as well as his wife, Jeanne, and their goddaughter Isabelle, played by Ben Kingsley, Helen McCrory and Chloe Grace Moretz respectively.
Cohen plays a by-the-books train station inspector who rounds up unattended children and either returns them to their parents or sends them to the local orphanage.
The actor acknowledges the inspector is Hugo’s nemesis but insists he is not a villain. Instead, Cohen surmised, he is a decent man trying to fulfill his purpose.