Sacha Baron Cohen Talks About Filming Infamous Rudy Giuliani Scene For Borat 2
Near-miss last minute technical and logistical issues almost intervened.
It's like Sacha Baron Cohen and Borat never went away. Despite his Kazakh journalist character's 14-year absence, Borat is now seemingly everywhere--or at least being discussed almost everywhere--since the runway to the recently released Amazon Prime sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Without a doubt, one of the biggest sources of controversies surrounding the movie is presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani's appearance in the film. If you still haven't seen it, all you really need to know is that the former New York City mayor is pretty skeezy in it and unaware he's being pranked.
In an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Cohen (as himself) shares behind-the-scenes details into what really went down with Giuliani. In response to fans who were skeptical about Borat's ability to leave, then suddenly reappear at opportune (read: misopportune) moments to push Giuliani over the edge, Cohen told Colbert that throughout the scene he was waiting in a "hideaway" in a closet in the hotel room where the infamous scene took place. It seemed like the scene might not work out when, Cohen explains, Giuliani brought an ex-policeman in to do a sweep before sitting outside "ensuring that no one could come in and out."
But even more harrowing, Cohen explained, was the fact that when in the hideaway, there was a basic logistical issue that could have sabotaged their planned sabotage--when in hiding, the only way Cohen had to be updated on what was happening elsewhere in the suite was via text messages from the director. But when Cohen got into the closet and turned on his phone, he learned he had 3% battery life.
"Hold on, we've got Rudy Giuliani. We've got the president's lawyer. We've got this scene--this is the climax of the movie--and no one thought it might be worth charging the phone," Cohen said.
When asked if he had any response for President Trump's comments that Cohen is a "creep" and a phony," he replied: "Well, I'm sure when he was hanging out with his good friend Jeffrey Epstein, they probably spent a lot of time talking about how creepy I am."
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