Prior edits had depicted the Queen getting the virus.
Last year it was widely reported that The Brothers Grimsby includes a scene featuring Daniel Radcliffe infecting Queen Elizabeth II.
Now, the scene has apparently been altered for the version of the film being released next week, showing Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump being infected by the virus.
At the film premiere, the scene apparently earned accolades and “loud cheering” from the crowd.
One attendee quipped, “A whole cinema clapped when Donald Trump got given AIDS.”
As Pink News reports, several articles have included headlines like “Donald Trump has AIDS,” displaying a poor understanding of HIV/AIDS (or a fanatical devotion to clicks at any cost.)
Trump wasn’t involved in the production at all — body doubles and digital techniques were used to achieve the effect.
There’s even a legal disclaimer that states neither Trump nor Radcliffe are HIV-positive.
According to Huffington Post, the scene has caused a skirmish between Cohen and various Sony exes, who are (understandably) concerned about the scene.
Three industry sources have confirmed: “Sony had made its displeasure clear and pushed to remove the scene, but Baron Cohen… has final authority over the film”.
“Studio executives are nervous about angering the famously vengeful and litigious Trump, compounded by the possibility of getting on the wrong side of the possible next president.”
h/t: Pink News