Sacha Baron Cohen offered some fascinating behind-the-scenes details from the making of Borat Subsequent Movie Film - including how that infamous Rudy Giuliani scene came about - during an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Monday, October 26th.
To start, Colbert asked Baron Cohen to respond to Giuliani's statement denying he did anything inappropriate in Borat's climactic scene, where he appears to touch himself while alone in a hotel suite with Borat's daughter, Tutar, played by Maria Bakalova (Giuliani has said he was just tucking his shirt in).
Baron Cohen then discussed the actual filming of the scene, explaining that they'd built a hideaway in a wardrobe, where he stashed himself until director Jason Woliner - who was monitoring the feeds from the hidden cameras - texted him it was time to jump out. While the secret chamber was discreet enough to go unnoticed when Giuliani's bodyguard swept the room, Baron Cohen said, at the pivotal moment, when he turned his phone on, he saw the battery was at 3%.
`I thought, hold on, we've got Rudy Giuliani, we've got the president's lawyer, we've got this scene, this is the climax of the movie - and no one thought it might be worth charging the phone?` Baron Cohen exclaimed. `So, I managed to keep it on airplane mode and occasionally check in.`