Borat 2 star Maria Bakalova on that Rudy Giuliani scene: 'My heart was racing'
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One of her most talked-about moments in the recent Borat sequel involved her interaction with Rudy Giuliani, which later made the rounds on the internet. In the scene, Tutar interviews the former New York City mayor, who's under the impression she's a reporter, in a hotel room. Afterward, the two go into a room alone together, where Giuliani is recorded on hidden camera appearing to put his hand down his pants while lying on a bed. Giuliani has since denied he was up to any funny business in the scene, claiming he was just adjusting his shirt.
Fans loved Bakalova's bold performance and ability to improvise, but the actress revealed to The New York Times that she was understandably "nervous" filming the scene, saying "my heart was racing."
"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," she said.
The Bulgarian actress, 24, also called Cohen her "guardian angel," adding that she "was confident that Sacha will save me and he will save the scene, so it’s not going to be a disaster."
In the scene, Cohen, in costume as Borat, bursts into the room shortly after Giuliani lays on the bed and yells, "She's 15! She's too old for you!"
Bakalova did not comment on whether Giuliani acted inappropriately or knew she wasn't actually 15.
"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 said. "I’m not the person who is actually booking these people, so when we get to the scene, I’m just doing the scene, without introducing myself. I’m not sure what he knows or does not know."
While Bakalova isn't commenting on Giuliani's actions, Cohen/Borat sure has. In a video posted to Borat's official Twitter, the mustachioed journalist "defended" Donald Trump's attorney.
"I here to defend America's mayor, Rudolph Giuliani," he said in the clip. "What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter have been turned into something disgusting by fake news media."
He continued, "I warn you anyone else try this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpoenas. Chenquieh."
"The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment," Giuliani wrote on Twitter of the scene. "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."
Bakalova told the Times that she doesn't feel bad tricking the subjects of Borat, including Giuliani. "Movies like this are showing people’s true colors," she said. "It’s going to show Rudy’s real character. You’re responsible for your own decisions. So, no, I don’t feel bad."
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