Watch Rudy Giuliani 'Tuck in His Shirt' in New 'Borat' Film

Saturday October 24, 2020

Maria Bakalova and Rudy Giuliani in a scene from "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"
Maria Bakalova and Rudy Giuliani in a scene from "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"  (Source:YouTube)

It didn't take long for the video of Rudy Giuliani's interview from Sacha Baron Cohen's mockumentary "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" to find its way to the Internet.

In the now much-talked about scene, Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and campaign surrogate, meets with Maria Bakalova, the 24-year old actress who plays Borat's 15-year old daughter Tutar, in a Manhattan hotel room for an interview for an unnamed and definitely fake news site. Impersonating a journalist, she gushes over Giuliani as they share scotch, talk about eating bats before she leads him into the bedroom.

Once in the bedroom, Giuliani reclines on the bed as Bakalova removes his microphone. He then appears to loosen his belt and reach down in his pants. It is at this point that Cohen (as Borat) breaks into the room dressed in a hot pink bikini shouting, "She's 15. She's too old for you," then adding as he leaves the hotel room with Tutar, "Rudy, Trump would be disappoint, you are leaving hotel without golden shower!"

Since then Giuliani has denied any impropriety on his part in a number of tweets and radio interviews, calling it a "hit job" and that Cohen is a "stone-cold liar."

You can watch the video of the scene below:

Cohen's prank, though, has come under scrutiny for its accuracy by the website Slate who did a scene-by-scene breakdown, wondering if Giuliani's denial may have some truth. "In a general sense," Slate concludes, "the answer is yes: You can stitch together real footage in ways that tell a story that isn't true at all. In fact, the new Borat movie does this all the time, including in the immediate lead-up to the bedroom scene."

In Cohen's defense, the film is a "mockumentary," which puts a fictional spin — in this case an invented character, Borat, pranking Americans as he tours the country; and the inconsistencies in the sequences and locations that Slate points out don't undermine the fact that Giuliani appears to be preparing for a "happy ending" to his interview.

When focusing on the exchange in the bedroom, some of the audio, such as Bakalova asking "Shall we have a drink in the bedroom?," is said without her face on the camera, suggests it could have been dubbed in later.

The same is true of Giuliani saying "C'mere. C'mere." He then appears to helping Bakalova with her dress. Next Giuliani sits on the bed, and says, "says, "You can give me your phone number and your address;" but once more his face is not seen. But, Slate adds: "(t)here's no denying the way he pats Tutar on her lower back as she leans in to remove his microphone." Though, Slate adds, their faces are also unseen, suggesting their conversation could have been added after the fact.

"From there, we jump slightly forward in time—Tutar has finished removing the microphone and is no longer touching Giuliani—to a shot from the corner camera of Giuliani as he leans back on the bed, lifts the waistband of his pants with his left hand, then slides his right hand inside," writes Slate.

The film then jumps back in time, "and repeats the moment from the mirror shot where Giuliani sticks his hand down his pants for the second time," adds Slate.

"This cut makes it seem like Giuliani sticks his hand down his pants three times instead of only twice. Finally, there's a brief shot from behind Giuliani: As Borat yells "Put down your khrum" (Borat's term for penis) from off-screen, Giuliani pulls his hands from his pants, says, "Oop," and sits up.

Slate makes four final points about the sequence's accuracy:

"1. Rudy Giuliani followed a young woman he thought was a journalist into the bedroom of a hotel suite.

"2. He thought she was a journalist because somehow no alarm bells went off during the interview when she repeatedly put her hand on his knee or giddily told him, 'I really feel like Melania right now.'

"3. Alone in the hotel bedroom, Giuliani got more handsy than was strictly necessary.

"4. In the best possible interpretation of the end of the encounter, Giuliani should probably refrain from tucking in his shirt when he's in the same room with other people."

For his part, Sacha Baron Cohen spoke out on "Good Morning America" yesterday saying that Giuliani knew exactly what he was doing.

"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," Cohen said Friday on "GMA" where he was joined with Bakalova.

"I urge everyone to watch the movie," he said. "It is what it is what it is. He did what he did. Make your own mind up. It was pretty clear to us."

And in a funny, in-character twist, Cohen released a video of Borat defending Giuliani. In a tweet posted on Friday, the Hollywood Reporter writes, "I here to defend America's Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. What was an innocent sexy time encounter with a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media."

He continues, "I warn you, anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpoenas."

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