Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is back with a sequel of his acerbic character Borat — the Kazakh journalist who is not afraid to say things all of us are thinking.
This time around, however, Cohen’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” has exposed an unexpected character, former New York mayor and US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Filmed in secret this summer as the United States’ coronavirus lockdown eased, the follow-up again sees British comedian Baron Cohen hoodwink members of the public and politicians via his bumbling and highly offensive reporter alter-ego.
The film’s piece-de-resistance is an exceedingly awkward sit-down interview with Rudy Giuliani and Borat’s in-film daughter Tutar that ends with Borat (disguised as the boom-mic holder) rushing in on the two of them in a charged moment alongside a hotel bed.
SO HOW DID WE GET HERE?
The plot of the sequel revolves around Borat, who was last seen in a gulag in Kazakhstan for bringing dishonour to the nation, being given a chance to redeem himself. He must present a gift to Donald Trump.
After a series of hijinks, Borat decides to present his teenage daughter Tutar to someone in US President Donald Trump’s inner circle.
Given his past encounters with Trump (Baron Cohen’s character Ali G interviewed him; Borat previously defecated in front of a Trump building), it’s judged best to instead seek out who Borat calls “America’s most famous ladies man,” Vice-President Mike Pence (he’s famously not).
When Borat’s first target Mike Pence doesn’t take the bait, he moves on to 76-year-old Giuliani.
RUDY GIULIANI CAUGHT WITH HIS PANTS DOWN
Borat’s daughter Tutar pretends to be a conservative reporter and meets Rudy Giuliani in a New York hotel suite for an “interview” about Trump’s Covid response and the pandemic which basically devolves into Trump’s lawyer brazenly flirting with the young woman.
The room is rigged with concealed cameras, which capture Giulani’s misadventure in detail.
“I’ll relax you, you want me to ask you a question?” Giuliani says as she giggles in response.
The two retire to the bedroom and begin drinking, even as Giuliani coughs and praises Donald Trump’s Covid plan. In fact, he even agrees to eat a bat with her.
According to a report in the Guardian, Giuliani then removes Tutar’s microphone and takes her to the bed. As she removes the microphone from his shirt, he starts patting her back.
The former New York mayor then proceeds to lie down and reaches into his pants suggestively in front of the supposedly 15-year-old character (played by a 24-year-old actress).
Before things can get more graphic, Borat (disguised as a boom mic operator) runs into the room and says, “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”
Giuliani quickly sits up and appears startled by the presence of Cohen, who wears a pink outfit that resembles lingerie.
The former mayor asks him: “Why are you dressed like this?”
Borat responds: “She’s my daughter. Please, take me instead.”
“I don’t want you,” Giuliani replies. He then makes his way out of the hotel suite.
BORAT CLIP CAUSES STORM, GIULIANI TRIES TO SAVE FACE
While the plot is officially under wraps, word of Baron Cohen’s latest outrageous ambushes has begun to spread with many on Twitter confirming the scene.
Even Giuliani admitted in July to being set up in a fake hotel room “interview” with an attractive and flirtatious young woman.
Representatives did not respond to an AFP request for comment, but Giuliani earlier told the New York Post he had thought the meeting was a serious interview about the Trump administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“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,” Giuliani told the publication, adding he was a “fan of some of his movies.”
Giuliani, a close Trump ally has been in the news recently for illegally obtaining and leaking details of a laptop drive belonging to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
While the scandalous Borat clip may not influence Trump voters but it will certainly capture crucial air time for the Trump campaign just days before the US presidential elections.