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Sacha Baron Cohen's real acting coach

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 16:11 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Melbourne (ANI): Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen took advice of his own Italian coiffeur for his role as flamboyant Italian barber Adolfo Pirelli, in the film 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street'. In order to make sure that his hand with a razor was up to the mark, the man behind Ali G took his barber Carmelo Guastella on set to watch as his character pitted his skill in a shaving contest against co-star Johnny Depp's murderous Todd.

"Sacha's very professional. He takes his roles very seriously and does a lot of preparation, so much so that he commandeered me for four days to make sure he really looked like he was shaving on set," The Daily Express quoted Guastella, as saying. "Sacha did it marvellously, singing a complex song in an Italian accent while lifting the lather from his client's face like a professional," he added.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] One day, however, he thought Cohen's quest for accuracy might have gone too far. "He called me to his hotel only for me to find his driver sitting in a chair with foam all over his face and Sacha prancing around him with a blade and singing his song from the film," the barber recalled.

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