Warning: some spoilers below for “Borat Subsequent MovieFilm”.
On Trump’s allegation that he was a “scare” and a “fraud,” Baron Cohen said: “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 and yes, I am a professional swindler like him. “
Baron Cohen recalled interviewing Trump a few years ago in his Ali G-Avatar and revealed that the future president did not see through him, although he later claimed so. He also said that Trump’s “face sunk” when he realized that the person wearing a tracksuit would be Ali G interviewing him, not the British tweed-jacket show producer “Etonian”.
Baron Cohen’s film “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” was streamed on Amazon Prime Video on October 23. One of the most notorious scenes in the film is a sequence with Giuliani and then 22-year-old actress Maria Bakalova, who plays Borat’s 15-year-old daughter Tutar. In the scene, Tutar, posing as a conservative television journalist, interviews the former New York mayor in a hotel room. Finally they go into a bedroom and Giuliani can be heard saying, “You can give me your phone number and address” and lies back on the bed to play with his pants. Borat finally storms into the room and yells, “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”
Giuliani has since denied he did anything unusual, claiming he was just putting on his shirt. Colbert asked: “Do you have something to say to Rudy Giuliani when you go into a bedroom with a supposedly young girl to drink whiskey and pull your pants up and down?”
“Well, he said he didn’t do anything inappropriate, and you know my feeling is that if he thinks it’s appropriate then heaven knows what he’s going to do with other women in hotel rooms with a glass of whiskey in hand”, he said to Baron Cohen.
The comedian said he was present in the room via a purpose-built hideout with an internal lock in the wardrobe that was about 6 feet 5 and 3 feet wide. “I was there the whole scene. My only means of communication was that at some point I would jump out. I would know something [Giuliani] I spoke to the director via text message, ”said Baron Cohen, who later joked that his phone in hiding was only 3% battery powered.
He also noted that Giuliani had also brought a security officer who was an ex-cop to the interview, who searched the entire room including the wardrobe prior to the interview.
“Rudy thought he was alone with her,” explained Baron Cohen. “The security guard, ex-cop, sits in front of the room and makes sure that no one can go in and out, which is even more frightening for them when you think about it.”