KEY POINTS

  • Sacha Baron Cohen said Rudy Giuliani's controversial "Borat 2" cameo might have hurt Donald Trump's chances
  • Cohen shared he tried to "humble the powerful" using "comedy and satire" 
  • He revealed how Trump motivated him to reprise his mock­u­mentary role as Borat Sagdiyev

Sacha Baron Cohen believes “Borat 2” may have indirectly influenced the outcome of the presidential election.

Speaking in an interview for Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year issue, the 49-year-old actor opened up about why he decided to reprise the role of Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev in the second installment and how Rudy Giuliani’s controversial cameo may have affected President Donald Trump's campaign.

He noted that the picture of Giuliani with his hands down his pants went viral on social media just before the final presidential debate.

“What I believe it may have done was to reduce the impact of the Republicans’ October surprise that was being delivered by the president’s lawyer,” Cohen said during the interview. 

“Remember, the movie was released on Amazon prior to the final presidential debate. And the image of  Rudy Giuliani on the bed with his hand down his trousers was circulating the day before that. So did it slightly dampen the impact of his October surprise? I hope so,” he continued.

The “Trial of the Chicago 7” star also explained that he tried to outclass those in power with “satire and humor.”

“I would say comedy and satire humbled the powerful. That’s what I tried to do in ‘Borat,’” Cohen said.

In the scene, Giuliani is shown in a compromising position with award-winning Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova’s character, Tutar. The former mayor earlier defended his actions, saying he was simply readjusting his clothing after taking off the electronic recording equipment from the interview.

In the same interview, the Golden Globe winner revealed how Trump’s victory in the 2016 election made him want “to go undercover again.”

“Borat is effective because he is essentially 20% more extreme than Trump. He’s 20% more misogynistic. He’s 20% more supportive of white supremacists and 20% more enthusiastic about caging children. I mean, maybe the only thing Borat’s less enthusiastic about than Trump is having to pay women for sex,” Cohen said.

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” currently holds a score of 85% on review site Rotten Tomatoes and was praised for its brave storytelling.

Sacha Baron Cohen, pictured in July 2019, launched a searing broadside against social media giant Facebook Sacha Baron Cohen, pictured in July 2019, launched a searing broadside against social media giant Facebook Photo: AFP / Lisa O'CONNOR