Cohen gets goats as gift from studio

London: British Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen got a unusual gift, two goats, from the studio bosses, who wanted to sign the actor for their new film

The actor, best known for his humorous projects ``Borat`` and ``Bruno``, was sent two goats by Paramount studio, who were competing with three other studios to get the star.

Cohen, who is set to earn up to 25 million pounds for the project, saw the funny side of it and signed up the proposal, Sun reported online. "Bosses at the studio arranged for one goat to be sent to Sacha``s Los Angeles home wearing a Paramount t-shirt.

They sent another to the plush Beverley Hills office of his agents, William Morris," a source said. Paramount tactically sent the animals because the funnyman is set to take on two roles in the yet untitled film, with one of them being a goat herder.

Four major studios had entered into a frantic bidding war to work with Cohen on his new movie, whose script has been written by the team behind the US TV series ``Curb Your Enthusiasm``. Paramount has reportedly signed Cohen up to a contract where he will receive 13 million pounds upfront as well as 20 per cent of the profits.

The 38-year-old star is likely to receive four times that amount if the film does as well as expected at the box office.