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21 October 2020 20:31

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The Rudy Giuliani Scene in ‘Borat 2’ Is Worse Than You’re Imagining

This piece contains spoilers for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm When the trailer for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm made its debut this month, viewers had one seemingly unanswerable question about the follow-up to Sacha Baron Cohen's transformational 2006 comedy Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan: Who plays Borat's daughter in the film? According to press materials, the character—Borat's sidekick, whose presence allows Cohen to infiltrate events and interview unsuspecting marks despite his fame—is played by an actress named Irina Novak. It turns out that report was right on the money: Bakalova does indeed star as Borat's 15-year-old daughter, Tutar (also known as Sandra Jessica Parker in the film). In the film, Borat attempts to offer her as a ceremonial gift to Vice President Mike Pence, part of a ploy to bring honor back to Kazakhstan. From her first scene in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, where Tutar is trapped in a barn in Borat's village—watching a (fake) animated movie about Melania Trump and her ascension from living in a "shithole country" to the White House—Bakalova matches Cohen step for step.

Toward the end of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (read Vanity Fair's review here), she's tasked with interviewing Rudy Giuliani. Alone in a hotel suite with the former New York mayor, and dressed in an outfit befitting a Fox News anchor, Bakalova flirts with a more-than-willing Giuliani and gets him to say China "manufactured" the coronavirus. After Cohen, dressed as a sound operator, interrupts their interview, Bakalova and Giuliani retire to the bedroom with drinks in hand. Where to Stream: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Powered by Reelgood Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, aka Borat 2, coming to Amazon Prime this Friday, finds Sacha Baron Cohen once again embodying his famed character, Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev. Bulgarian actor Maria Bakalova, who plays Borat's 15-year-old daughter Tutar, takes the lead in a jaw-dropping interview with Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and personal attorney to President Donald Trump.

Bakalova asks questions like: "A little bit about China—as an expert in national security, what do you think we can do to prevent this from happening again?" and "How many lives did Donald Trump save?" Giuliani responds, respectively: "China manufactured the virus," and "Probably one million." He also coughs conspicuously quite a bit. Eventually, Cohen interrupts the interview posing as a sound guy—obviously in a wig, a fake nose, and doing the Borat voice to boot. But even after that intrusion, Giuliani clearly doesn't realize Bakalova is in on it. Either way, the next scene plays out like a horror film: Giuliani follows Bakalova into the hotel bedroom for a "drink," where Bakalova painstakingly unclips their microphones. Filmed via a camera that was presumably hidden, Giuliani asks for her phone number and address.

Giuliani sits up with a start, and, though it's not shown in the film, called the police shortly after, according to a report from Page Six. Back in July, Giuliani told Page Six, "I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm will begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video this Friday, October 23. Watch Borat Subsequent Moviefilm on Amazon Prime Video You'd be forgiven for going into Borat Subsequent Moviefilm skeptical. Bush's second term, felt like lightning in a bottle—a perfect confluence of a comedic talent on his come up, an earlier internet eager for viral videos and Punk'd-style comedy and a far less nuanced understanding of cultural sensitivity than we have today. The new film, which runs at a lean 96 minutes and takes Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen, once again winsome as an outré, misogynist, anti-Semitic Kazakh journalist) around the world to restore his nation's honor.

(Borat 2's full title is Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.) He is joined by his daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova, aka "Irina Nowak" in earlier teases), and together they seek to ingratiate their country to current members or surrogates of the American executive branch: "McDonald" Trump, Mike Pence and Rudy Giuliani. How they do that exactly is well-worth the journey of watching yourself, but suffice to say that a number of Sacha Baron Cohen's trolling antics amid this year's coronavirus pandemic make a lot more sense once you watch the film. BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM ★★★1/2 Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova, Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, Judith Dim Evans His run-in with Rudy Giuliani where the former mayor and Trump surrogate called the cops on a guy in "a pink transgender outfit"? Borat changes over the course of the film, but it's Tutar who you're rooting for, which is probably the film's best measure of success. For all its laughs, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm's critique is laser-focused on some of the most serious problems Americans face domestically: authoritarianism, misogyny, bigotry, conspiracy theories and the government's terrible response to the coronavirus.

It's inevitable that, like the first Borat, plenty of people will probably not jibe with Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. And frankly all that alone would justify its existence, but Borat Subsequent Moviefilm doesn't settle for that. The reputation of Rudy Giuliani could be set for a further blow with the release of highly embarrassing footage in Sacha Baron Cohen's follow-up to Borat. In the film, released on Friday, the former New York mayor and current personal attorney to Donald Trump is seen reaching into his trousers and apparently touching his genitals while reclining on a bed in the presence of the actor playing Borat's daughter, who is posing as a TV journalist. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm review – cinema's top troll goes baiting in Trump's US Read more After she removes his microphone, Giuliani, 76, can be seen lying back on the bed, fiddling with his untucked shirt and reaching into his trousers. Word of the incident first emerged on 7 July, when Giuliani called New York police to report the intrusion of an unusually-dressed man. "This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit," Giuliani told the New York Post. Giuliani continued: "I only later realised it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. Viewers may be less convinced that Baron Cohen, reprising his role as the bumbling reporter Borat Sagdiyev, and Maria Bakalova, who plays his daughter, Tutar, had no success. In the film Borat is dispatched by the Kazakh government back to the US to present a bribe to an ally of Donald Trump in order to ingratiate his country with the administration. The film, released on Amazon Prime less than a fortnight before the election, ends with an instruction for viewers to vote. As with the first film, which made $262m on release in 2006 and won a Golden Globe for Baron Cohen, the most troubling scenes are those which reveal deep-seated prejudice among the American people. Sacha Baron Cohen's films – ranked! Baron Cohen's real-life broadsides against platforms he feels enable antisemitism are echoed in the film, in which Borat learns through Facebook that the Holocaust "was nothing but a fairytale". However, Deadline suggests the film-makers did appraise Dim Evans of the film's true targets after her scenes were shot, and that there is footage of this. A related point is that, in the first film, Baron Cohen amazed us by getting Americans to make the most outrageously toxic statements on camera. It is saved by its satirical focus (which I'll get to shortly), and by its secret weapon, Maria Bakalova, a Bulgarian actress who plays Borat's 15-year-old daughter ("the oldest unmarried woman in Kazakhstan"). Having been made with a specific political purpose, Subsequent MovieFilm won't age as well as the previous Borat did. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is released on Amazon on 23 October 2020.