The elephant hideout scene is one of the highlights of The Brothers Grimsby, which lets you know how low the humor is. There was brilliance in Cohen's Borat, a socio-political mockumentary satire in which it was fascinating to watch Cohen's total commitment to character. His Bruno was not as successful but did have its moments. Plus there was the thrill of wondering how far he'd go in his commitment to that character. It was like watching someone walk a tightrope. His dramatic role in Tim Burton's 2007 film version of the dark Broadway musical, Sweeney Todd, was terrific. It made me wish Cohen would venture more into the kind of dramatic film roles Albert Finney played early in his career -- films Saturday Night and Sunday Morning or Charlie Bubbles (which Finney also directed) and even the A Christmas Carol-based original screen musical, Scrooge.
Cohen was slated to play the late Queen singer, Freddie Mercury, in a biopic. But he's pulled out of the project. I would've loved to see him tackle that role. I believe Cohen's popularity and star power would've drawn audiences to the movie about the late rock vocalist (right).