The people in the "Kazaksthan village" are actually from Romania.
Residents of Glod, a poor hamlet in the Carpathian Mountains, told the (London) Daily Mail they thought Baron Cohen and his crew were making a documentary. They only found out recently that it was a fake documentary -- and a major box-office hit.And the college students that appeared are also talking about a lawsuit.
The villagers say Baron Cohen was "a bit weird and ugly" although friendly. They did not realize that Glod in the movie would be portrayed as incest-ridden and full of rapists and prostitutes.
Nicu Tudorache, a one-armed grandfather, was depicted in the film with a sex-toy prosthesis. He says he did not realize at the time what it was.
"Our region is very poor, and everyone is trying hard to get out of this misery," he told the Daily Mail. "It is outrageous to exploit people's misfortune like this to laugh at them."
Two U.S. college students claim the filmmakers got them drunk and told them that the movie -- the No. 1 hit in the United States on its opening weekend -- would not be shown there.
Both cases sound like they're trying to grab a piece of the box office glory. Nobody got exploited by mocking a fictional premise.