Spoiler alert: This report details a specific prank in the new movie “Borat 2,” which streams Friday. Stop reading now if you don’t want to know.
Is Rudy Giuliani in for his own October surprise?
President Donald Trump’s lawyer and the former mayor of New York City was pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen and caught in a questionable situation on camera with an actress in the new “Borat” sequel streaming Friday on Amazon Prime.
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” captures an interview in a hotel suite near the end of the film with Giuliani, 76, and actress Maria Bakalova, 24, who plays Baron Cohen’s onscreen 15-year-old daughter Tutar. The plot has Borat wanting to “gift” his daughter to Giuliani to pay respect to Trump, though he ultimately has a change of heart, and Baron Cohen (as Borat) attempts to disrupt the interview disguised as a boom mic operator.
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When Borat leaves, Tutar and Giuliani go into a bedroom to have a drink, he asks for her name and address, and the camera captures Bakalova reaching into Giuliani’s shirt to retrieve his microphone as he gives her a pat on the back. When Bakalova turns away, Giuliani lies down on the bed and reaches into his pants, perhaps to tuck his shirt into his pants, when Baron Cohen bursts into the room wearing a wig, beard and women’s lingerie on top of his briefs.
“What’s going on here? Look at this guy,” Giuliani tells his security as he quickly leaves.
USA TODAY has reached out to Giuliani for comment.
The movie arrives less than two weeks before the presidential election on Nov. 3.
Giuliani has become a prominent player in Trump’s re-election campaign, after obtaining a hard drive from a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which allegedly documents business dealings in Ukraine.
Giuliani told Page Six in July that he went to The Mark Hotel in New York for what he thought was a real interview about the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis. Giuliani said he was offered payment for the interview, which he asked to be donated to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
“This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down, so I reported it to the police,” Giuliani said. “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.”
USA TODAY has reached out to the New York Police Department for confirmation.
The former New York City mayor told Page Six he was a fan of “some of” Baron Cohen’s movies.
Another prank in the film shows Baron Cohen in character as “Country Steve” crashing a March for Our Rights rally in June and getting portions of the conservative crowd whooping by singing offensive lyrics about Barack Obama and Anthony Fauci.
Contributing: Kim Willis and Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY