Simon Pagenaud IndyCar champ could be Sacha Baron Cohen’s stunt double

Simon Pagenaud IndyCar champ could be Sacha Baron Cohen’s stunt double

IndyCar racing champion Simon Pagenaud is often correlated with English actor Sacha Baron Cohen. The 31-year-old driver has confessed that he has finally gone over it and considers starring in a movie with the superstar as his stunt double.

“Yeah, I’m about over it. I have had enough of it. He needs to come out with a new movie you know. I could be his stunt double, I guess.” Pagenaud said to TMZ Sports. The man from Poitiers, France mentioned that Cohen has not approached him for the role yet. However, he was quick enough to showcase his face on the camera stating, “Let’s do it! Look at this face!”.

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The relation comes more from the fact that Sacha Baron Cohen played a wacky French driving character Jean Girard in the movie “Talladega Nights”. The resemblance is spot on and Pagenaud said that people still remind him of it “every day” on the race track.

Simon Pagenaud recently took a hard-fought victory over Scott Dixon, defending IndyCar Series champion at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. This was Pagenaud’s first win driving for Team Penske. However, the race did not end on a clean slate for the driver as he was warned by INDYCAR for blatantly crossing the pit exit blend line after the final round of pit stops, according to ESPN.

Sacha Baron Cohen, however, won’t be playing the role of Freddie Mercury in his biopic film. Cohen explained the reason for dropping out was based on the film centered around how Queen continued even after Mercury’s death. He also made a controversial statement against Brian May, mentioning him as a great musician, but not a great movie producer, as reported by CMU.

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