When asked by journalists aboard Air Force One about “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”, in which RudyGiuliani is the target of a fake “interview” with an attractive young woman, Trump said, “I don’t know what happened.”
“But many years ago he tried to deceive me. I was the only one who said ‘don’t even think about it. He’s an imposter. And I don’t think that’s funny,” he said.
Trump said the incident occurred 15 years ago. The president gave no further details about the meeting, but in a 2003 interview, Baron Cohen – in the role of aspiring gangster Ali G, another of his characters – proposed Trump a deal: special gloves for eating ice cream.
The British comedian’s new film, which premiered on Friday on Amazon Prime, arrives 14 years after “Borat” (2006), which grossed $ 260 million, had an Oscar nomination for best adapted script and popularized several phrases of the character.
Filmed in secret this summer when the United States began to relax in the coronavirus confinement, the camera follows Baron Cohen as he interacts with people and politicians through his clumsy and highly offensive alterego.
In the film, the encounter with Giuliani seems to leave the 76-year-old former mayor of New York in an awkward situation, literally caught with his hands in his pants, when he was in a room with the actress who plays Borat’s daughter in the film and who had just done an interview as a supposed journalist.
On Wednesday, Giuliani said the scene was “a complete staging”.
“I was putting on my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during or after the interview was I inappropriate,” he tweeted.
“If Baron Cohen says otherwise, he is a big liar,” he added.