Sacha Baron Cohen responds to Rudy Giuliani’s claims about ‘Borat’ scene

Baron Cohen and Maria Bakalova, who plays his daughter in “Borat,” speak out on “GMA” about the movie’s headline-making scene featuring Giuliani.
9:24 | 10/23/20

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Transcript for Sacha Baron Cohen responds to Rudy Giuliani’s claims about ‘Borat’ scene
Well now to our "Gma" cover story. The movie that everyone is talking about, "Borat" is back and, of course, making headlines and on "Gma" first Sacha baron Cohen stars in the newly released "Borat subsequent moviefilm" alongside Maria bakalova who plays his 15-year-old daughter and they are both joining us now so, Sacha, Maria, thanks for joining everybody is talking about that scene referenced in your movie involving Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani himself has been talking about it as well. We can't show the clip. It's not morning TV fremdly, but basically the president's personal attorney is seen in a compromising position in a hotel room after having an interview with Maria's character. But I want to say what Giuliani tweeted. He said the "Borat" video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha baron Cohen implies otherwise, he is a stone cold liar. Sacha, how do you respond to Giuliani's tweet and feel free, Maria, to chime in afterwards. Well, I would say that if the president's lawyer found what he did there appropriate behavior, then heaven knows what he's done with other female journalists in hotel rooms and, listen, I just urge everyone to watch the movie. It is what it is. He did what he did and make your own mind up. It was pretty clear to us. Maria, did you want to add anything? I'm -- maybe I'm want to thank you that I was sure that you were going to save me from everything. Well, I was actually -- I was quite concerned for her during the scene. I was in a -- we built a hideaway that I was hiding in during the entire scene, so I was monitoring it by text but, you know, it's my responsibility as a producer as well to ensure that the lead actor is looked after. Well, Maria, did you feel unsafe because it sounds like you were implying that you did? No, that's what I'm saying that I've always felt safe with our team, with our crew, with Sacha in my corner, I actually never felt that I've been in danger. That's why I'm lucky because I had them. We do have a clip from the movie that we can show in which Maria, your character, is getting a makeover. Let's take a look. I have idea of hair. Okay. This one, nice one. This is actually a gentleman. This is a male? In yes, sir. I'm coming out I want the world to know got to let it go We're going to do a spray tan today. How dark does she want to go. What color is best for a racist family. I would say right here. I wouldn't go any darker than a 6 or 7. Wow. Well, this is your second time around obviously as boat. The first in 2005 you said you set out to reveal America's inner racism. I know you also want to make people laugh so it's a double strategy there but what has changed in these past 15 years? Well, you know, at that time people were shocked that there was an underbelly of hatred and racism. Now it's overt and, you know, you hear those words being projected by the president of the most powerful country in the world and what I actually wanted to do was to reveal that underneath all the hatred and underneath all the division we are actually not that far apart. We are good people, people who, you know, you would despise normally and from the other side and I try to get people from both sides, you know, I wanted to show the humanity. There were some -- a couple of qanon conspiracy theorists I lived with who actually are good people who just have adopted some very negative conspiracy theories that are being propagated by social media and by the trump presidency. You are obviously a master at disguise, Sacha. In another scene we see you sneaking vice president -- we see you sneaking into vice president Mike pence's speech. How did that play out? Well, that was pretty difficult because I woke up at 2:00 in the morning and I had a world class prosthetics team turn my face into the president's. That took about six hours and I was wearing a fat suit and it's quite a large fat suit because of the -- I don't know how to say it but the president's physique and obviously I had to get through a number of layers of security including TSA security and the last thing you want is I knew the moment they touched the fat suit they would not allow me in, and one of them wanted me and there was a beep and they said, what is that? I said, it's a pacemaker. I was obviously doing my American accent and then they carried on with the wand and then suddenly the lower bit of the belly, it beeped again and said, well, what is that? Why is it beeping? I had no answer and the TSA officer said, hold on, it's the wire for the pacemaker, right? I was like, yeah, he goes, okay, go through. And then I essentially hid in a bathroom at sea pac listening to the conservative men and eventually we did the scene and got escorted out by 15 security staff including secret service and local police. But interestingly enough they never got my identification, so if you're watching this, the secret service, I think next time try and ensure if somebody breaks into a political event with the vice president or president to check for their I.D. You exposed quite a bit in these movies on all levels. Maria, I'm curious, what is an audition like for "Borat"? The audition? The audition was incredible actually, scary, but I'm prosecutor Bulgaria and I'm extremely happy that I have the opportunity to have this part which is for European, right? So we started with self-tape. It was an open call. I sent another one and then I went to London to England a few times and we even started with real people at the first audition. It was crazy. So she means in the scene she auditioned with people who thought I was a real person as boat and that she was really my daughter? Yeah, we started with a self-tape and it was nice and then the most important part was that people should believe in me, that I'm real, that I exist and I think I exist now. Yeah, well, she does exist. You said it was important -- I'm sure she does exist, I mean actually Maria last been staying in character since the movie and actually recently got taken on a tour of the white house about a week before the superspreader event by people who believe that she was a real journalist. I mean she's an incredible actor. We interviewed 600 young women from all around the world and she's hilarious. She is one of the most courageous actors in history. If she doesn't get nominate Ford an Oscar, then that's a travesty. She is hilarious and she has the capacity to deliver a scene and make you cry which is what finally got her the part when we did the breakup scene in the movie and I had to stop it because I felt myself getting quite emotional. She's one of a kind. You know, imagine coming to America for the first time, she barely had been out of Bulgaria and suddenly she's playing a role with real people in some terrifying situations and she got through it all. I don't know how but she is a revelation. Now you're making me cry. We'll end that on that beautiful note. Maria bakalova, Sacha baron Cohen, thank you both so much for being with us. We appreciate it. And "Borat subsequent moviefilm" is available now on Amazon prime video.

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