January 26, 2021

‘Borat’ catches Rudy Giuliani in compromising hotel moment, reports say

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In what may be his most outrageous prank yet, the new “Borat” film by stunt comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, features an embarrassing scene with Rudy Guiliani that could raise new questions about his role in President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.

The Guardian and Daily Beast report that the mockumentary, to be released Friday, shows Donald Trump’s personal attorney and former New York mayor lying on a bed in a hotel suite and reaching into his trousers.

Giuliani is in the presence of an actress, who is playing Borat’s teenage daughter, Tutar, the Daily Beast said. In the plot of the film, Tutar is posing as a conservative TV journalist, “in the mold of Tomi Lahren.” She is sent by Baron Cohen’s bumbling Kazakh journalist character to lure a member of Trump’s inner circle into romance and even marriage.

The intimate moment comes after Giuliani, 76, participates in an obsequious interview with Tutar, who pretends to represent a conservative news program, The Guardian said. At the young woman’s suggestion, she and Giuliani retreat to a hotel suite for a drink.

The suite is rigged with concealed cameras, which show Giuliani lying back on the bed, touching his untucked shirt and reaching into his trousers, The Guardian said. At that moment, Baron Cohen’s Borat enters the room and yells at Giuliani: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”

Representatives for Giuliani have not replied to requests for comment from The Guardian or the Daily Beast.

Giuliani previewed his possible take on the scene when he told Page Six in July that he called the New York police on Baron Cohen. He explained that the prankster comedian interrupted his interview with a female reporter about the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by bursting into a room at the Mark Hotel wearing what he described as a “pink transgender outfit.” Giuliani said the interview took place in a room that was fitted out with a professional set-up of lights and camera.

Giuliani told Page Six he didn’t recognize Baron Cohen at first, who was wearing “a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd.” Guiliani continued: “I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down. … I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me.”

The Daily Beast said the film makes it clear that Baron Cohen most certainly did “get” Giuliani.

The release of the film, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” comes as Giuliani has made himself a key figure in efforts by the Trump campaign to push what they say is damaging information about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. Giuliani has said he came into possession of information found on a laptop that purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden. In interviews, he has tried to push a narrative about Hunter Biden’s personal excesses, drug addiction and personal life.

Giuliani’s moments in the new film could undermine his credibility as a Trump surrogate, The Guardian said. He doesn’t “acquit himself well” in his encounter with the young woman, as he appears to believe that he is genuinely being courted. He becomes flirtatious, drinks Scotch and at one point boasts that Trump’s actions in the spring saved millions of lives from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baron Cohen’s first “Borat” mockumentary, which made $262 million on its release in 2006, relied on a similar premise of his iconic Kazakh character traveling to the United States and interacting with real people, often with the result of revealing their hypocrisy, prejudice or corruption.

In this new film, Borat is dispatched by the Kazakh government to present a bribe to an ally of Donald Trump in order to ingratiate his country with the administration. Borat’s daughter ends up being the bribe.

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Author: Martha Ross

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