Sacha Baron Cohen mocks ‘comedy genius’ Rudy Giuliani in Golden Globes acceptance speech

Borat star joked that Giuliani had gone on to appear in ‘comedy hits’ including ‘Hair Dye Another Day’

Adam White
Monday 01 March 2021 04:49
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Sacha Baron Cohen has ripped into Rudy Giuliani in his Golden Globe acceptance speech.

The British comedian and writer collected the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical award for sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, and joked that the movie “couldn’t have been possible” without Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.

“This movie couldn’t have been possible without my co-star,” Cohen began. “A fresh new talent who came from nowhere, and turned out to be a comedy genius. I’m talking, of course, about Rudy Giuliani.”

Giuliani was an unsuspecting participant in the sequel, having agreed to an interview with Tutar (Maria Bakalova), Borat’s teenage daughter. After the interview had wrapped up, the pair retreated for a drink in Giuliani’s hotel bedroom, where the lawyer and former New York mayor appeared to adjust himself in Tutar’s company.

Giuliani would later accuse Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen of being a “stone-cold liar”, for implying that the scene showed anything other than him simply “tucking in his shirt”.

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“Who could get more laughs out of one unzipping?” Cohen added in his Globes speech. “Incredible. Our movie was just the beginning for him. Rudy went on to star in a string of comedy films. Hits like Four Seasons Landscaping, Hair Dye Another Day and the courtroom drama, A Very Public Fart.”

Cohen was referencing a string of public spectacles involving Giuliani earlier this year, including a press conference that took place in the car park of a landscaping company.

In a second acceptance speech, for the Borat sequel’s win for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), Cohen also thanked the bodyguard he worked with on the film. He said that the unidentified person prevented him from “being shot twice” while filming.

Keep up to date with all of the night’s winners here.

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