Sacha Baron Cohen Reveals Near-Tech Glitch, Intense Security Around Giuliani 'Borat' Scene

The actor also shared behind-the-scenes stories of his Ali G interview with Donald Trump and his harrowing escape from a right-wing rally.

Much has been written about the scene in Sacha Baron Cohen's newly released Borat sequel in which Rudy Giuliani is shown in what appears to be a compromising position in a hotel room with actress Maria Bakalova, who plays Borat's 15-year-old daughter Tutar in the movie.

But Baron Cohen offered some new, behind-the-scenes details from the filming of that encounter in a Monday night appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

The Borat star mentioned that while Giuliani thought he was alone with Bakalova, Baron Cohen was waiting in a "hideaway" in the closet, where his only way of knowing what was happening in the scene was via text messages he was receiving from the director, Jason Woliner, in the small, dark space.

However, once he got in there, Baron Cohen said he switched on the phone and the battery life was at about 3 percent.

"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 recalled thinking.

He explained that he was able to keep the phone from dying by toggling back and forth between airplane mode.

Baron Cohen also explained that Giuliani brought an ex-policeman to the interview and the former cop did a sweep of the hotel suite before sitting outside, "ensuring that no one could come in and out," Baron Cohen said.

The actor observed that that's "even more scary, when you think about it," for Bakalova.

Giuliani has fired back at Baron Cohen, calling the scene "a hit job."

"I am tucking my shirt in, I assure you, that’s all that I was doing," Giuliani said on his weekly radio show.

He also tweeted, "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."

Baron Cohen offered a similar response to what he said of Giuliani's comments on Good Morning America on Friday.

“Well, he said that he did nothing inappropriate and, you know, my feeling is, if he sees that as appropriate, then heaven knows what he’s intended to do with other women in hotel rooms with a glass of whiskey in his hand,” Baron Cohen told Colbert. “I mean, I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone, so I would just say, see it and make your own mind up.”

President Donald Trump also responded to the incident involving his personal attorney, Giuliani, calling Baron Cohen a "creep" and a "phony" and saying he doesn't "find [Baron Cohen] funny." The actor shot back that he doesn't "find [Trump] funny either."

"But yet the whole world laughs at you," he added on Twitter. "I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. 20. Let’s talk!"

On The Late Show, Baron Cohen once again fired back at the president.

"Well, I’m sure when he was hanging out with his good friend Jeffrey Epstein, they probably spent a lot of time talking about how creepy I am," he said. "And, yes, I am a professional phony like him."

Baron Cohen also shed some light on Trump's sit-down with his alter ego Ali G.

“Publicly he will say, ‘I was the only guy ever who saw through it,’” Baron Cohen said. “He didn’t see through the interview. He answered all the questions completely normally.”

“He completely believed Ali G was real," he added, noting earlier that Trump's "face dropped" when he saw he would be interviewed not by a well-dressed, eloquent producer but by Baron Cohen's "lower-class" character.

Baron Cohen additionally revealed unseen footage of him escaping from a "gun rally," where he pretended to be a country music singer, singing about the "Wuhan flu" and the "radical left."

“Everyone was singing along and the problem was that some of the militia groups that were in this rally had been antagonizing the Black Lives Matter protesters, so as revenge some of the Black Lives Matter protesters were coming over to confront them,” Baron Cohen said. “One of them went, ‘Oh my God, it’s Sacha Baron Cohen!’ Word got out that it was me, and then the organizers and a lot of people in the crowd got very angry. They tried to storm the stage. Luckily for me, I had hired the security, so it took them a while to actually storm the stage.”

And he shared how he had to quickly hide any evidence of his true self while he was quarantining in character in the film.