The star infuriated a group of Hasidic Jews in Jerusalem while shooting scenes for his 2009 movie while wearing tight hot pants and a sleeveless top.
And he's told how he was forced to take refuge in a local store as the mob chased him off.
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, where he is promoting new film The Dictator, Cohen tells Britain's Daily Mirror, ""A bunch of Hasidic Jews ran after me with rocks and I ended up hiding in a bathroom store. Normally in dangerous situations I have a getaway car. But as I ran towards the getaway car it drove away.
""So I found myself running down the street, running for my life, and being chased by these Hasidic nutcases. I turned round to calm them down, and I shouted in Hebrew 'I am Jewish', which apparently is the worst thing ever you can tell Hasidic Jews. It was then they decided that they wanted to really kill me.
""In those last two movies (Borat and Bruno) there were lots of people with guns who got angry and it became a little hairy at times. I never felt I'd get killed but it has been close.""