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Sacha Baron Cohen Breaks Character To Address Rudy Giuliani Scene

Dominic Smithers

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Sacha Baron Cohen Breaks Character To Address Rudy Giuliani Scene

Sacha Baron Cohen has broken character to address the controversial Rudy Giuliani scene in the new Borat movie.


The actor was promoting the film on Good Morning America when he was asked about the scene involving Donald Trump's personal lawyer.

Speaking about the former New York Mayor's denial that he did anything wrong, the 49-year-old said it was 'pretty clear' what was going on.


He said: "I would say that if the president's lawyer found what he did there appropriate behavior, then heaven knows what he's done with other female journalists in hotel rooms.

"It is what it is. He did what he did, and make your own mind up. It was pretty clear to us."

Cohen was joined by co-star Maria Bakalova, who plays Borat's daughter in the hotly-anticipated Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

The 24-year-old said she felt safe during the scene but was thankful Cohen was there to save her.


She said: "I've always felt safe with our team, with our crew, with Sacha in my corner. I actually never felt that I've been in danger. That's why I'm lucky, because I had them."

This comes after it was revealed the scene involving Giuliani had been included in the film.

In the scene, Giuliani was being interviewed by Bakalova, who plays a 15-year-old girl in the movie.


She pretends to be a conservative TV journalist who requested an interview with Giuliani. After their chat, Giuliani can be seen giving her compliments and following her into another room.

Bakalova's character then takes off her microphone and Giuliani is seen lying down on a bed and putting his hands down his pants.

The scene gets disrupted by Borat, who bursts into the room dressed in pink underwear and tells Giuliani that 'she's 15, she's too old for you'.

Giuliani quickly spoke out against the scene and wrote on Twitter: "The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate.

Rudy Giuliani was caught in a compromising situation with Borat's on-screen daughter. Credit: Amazon Prime
Rudy Giuliani was caught in a compromising situation with Borat's on-screen daughter. Credit: Amazon Prime

"If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar."

However, the film's writer Jena Friedman hit back at the former politician and now personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump, saying Giuliani agreed to the footage being included in the movie.

Sharing Giuliani's criticism and citing a fake advert filmmakers had mocked up separately for the film, the comic tweeted: "It's important to note that anyone who appears in any commercial comedy project has signed a performance release in advance. If we could just release footage of anyone without their consent, you all would have gotten to see this amazing fake ad @anuvalia and I pulled off.


"It's also important to note that there are SO MANY more credible allegations against Trump than Rudy. If any of Rudy's behavior shocks you, just imagine what Trump has done or would do if in a similar situation."

Despite the former politician's denials, some claimed it's even worse when you see it in the movie.

Actor Josh Gad wrote on Twitter: "Well, looks like the cat's out of the pants. Having seen #Borat2, I can now safely tell you #RudyGiuliani is over in a very big way. It's worse than you think and more uncomfortable than anything I've seen in a recent film, documentary or otherwise."

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is available to watch on Amazon Prime.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Dominic Smithers
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