Borat Sequel Star Maria Bakalova Was "Scared Something Would Happen" During Scene With Rudy Giuliani
Sacha Baron Cohen entered the hotel room "just in time."
The Borat sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, once again toyed with the divide between reality and fiction, duping unsuspecting citizens like sweet Jeanise Jones … and Rudy Giuliani.
This time around, Sacha Baron Cohen had a worthy coconspirator in Maria Bakalova, who plays his daughter in the film. Bakalova’s character pretended to be a reporter for a now-infamous scene with Giuliani in which the former N.Y.C. mayor lies down on a hotel bed and sticks his hand down the front of his pants … to allegedly tuck his shirt in.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Bakalova opened up about filming the divisive scene, revealing that she was “kind of scared that something would happen” with Donald Trump’s lawyer. “I was nervous. My heart was racing,” she said. “But Sacha was like, you should be nervous in this situation. So use your nerves. Convert them and accept them and they’re going to help you through everything.”
Despite appearances, Giuliani has vehemently denied any wrongdoing on his part.
“The Borat video is a complete fabrication,” he tweeted in the days leading up to the movie’s release. “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.”
During an interview with WABC radio’s Curtis & Juliet, Giuliani explained that the compromising clip isn’t what it looks like. “I had to take off the electronic equipment,” he said. “And when the electronic equipment came off, some of it was in the back and my shirt came a little out, although my clothes were entirely on. I leaned back, and I tucked my shirt in, and at that point, at that point, they have this picture they take which looks doctored, but in any event, I’m tucking my shirt in. I assure you that’s all I was doing.”
Though Balakova wouldn’t explicitly say what she personally thought Giuliani was doing, she told The New York Times, “I saw everything that you saw. If you saw the movie, that’s our message. We want everybody to see the movie and judge for themselves.” She went on to remind viewers that “we can see what he’s doing in the mirror” in the scene.
“Sacha jumped into the room quickly, because he’s been worried about me,” she said of the scene’s abrupt conclusion. “So, if he were late, I don’t know how things were going to go. But he came just in time.”