Borat 2's Rudy Giuliani scene was almost ruined by a dying phone battery

Sam Warner
·2-min read
Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video
Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video

From Digital Spy

It's the most-talked-about scene in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, but it turns out the Rudy Giuliani moment was very nearly ruined.

The scene in question sees the former New York Mayor interviewed by Borat's 'daughter' Tutar (played by Maria Bakalova) in a hotel room, before the two go to the bedroom.

Recalling the making of the scene, Cohen admitted on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that the moment almost didn't happen because his phone hadn't been charged properly.

Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video
Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video

"We built this hideaway, we're all fully prepared," he explained. "I get in, his security guard does the sweep, looks in the wardrobe, there's nothing untoward. The interview starts and I switch on the phone… and there's only three per cent battery.

"And I think, 'Hold on, we've got Rudy Giuliani, we've got the President's lawyer! We've got this scene, this is the climax of the movie and nobody thought it might be worth charging the phone?'"

In the end, the star managed to preserve what he had left by keeping it "on airplane mode and occasionally check in".

Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video
Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video

In the scene, Tutar is seen helping Giuliani take off his recording equipment in the bedroom, before he is filmed lying back on the bed and appearing to put his hands down his trousers.

Sacha Baron Cohen, playing Borat, then bursts into the room, declaring that she is 15 and "too old for you" (actress Bakalova is 24).

Giuliani has since called the moment a "complete fabrication", tweeting: "I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar."

Meanwhile, Cohen recently opened up about the controversial scene, suggesting that "people should watch the movie and judge for themselves".

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

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