Like all those who have watched Next movie Borat can attest, it would be bad enough to shoot an interview with Rudy Giuliani unmasked in a hotel room during a pandemic. He would have even refused a COVID-19 test! According to film producer Monica Levinson, however, the real fear came after the brutal end of Giuliani’s segment with Maria Bakalova’s fake teenage daughter Tutar following the arrival of a lingerie-clad Sacha Baron Cohen. in the role of Borat. According to Levinson’s appearance on a Producers’ Guild of America panel on Saturday, the former New York mayor attempted to bring in the filmmakers by police.
“He said we were trying to extort him at the time, which we didn’t ask for,” she explained, by deadline. “He called all of his New York City cops and told them extortion was a federal crime. It’s very smart to talk about it. The cast and crew were then kicked out of the hotel room they had used for filming.
While they wisely smuggled the footage they needed, Levinson says she and her fellow filmmakers weren’t able to get their equipment back on time. “We would hide bands in our pants. There are always ways to make sure we got the data, ”she recalls. “We actually had to rent new equipment. It was a really stressful time that night as the hotel wouldn’t let us take anything away from the rooms.
Having spent 19 hours in prison herself while filming the first Borat film, Levinson and his team have decided to leave the Five Boroughs entirely, just in case. “We ended up confused with our lawyers,” she said. “I called the production team and said, ‘Let’s get everyone to New Jersey tonight.’ It was 11 o’clock in the evening. I didn’t want a repeat of what happened to me in the first movie to happen to the whole crew. So even though Rudy couldn’t get what he wanted that day, I hope he gets the next best thing: a shout from Bakalova when she wins the Oscar for Best Actress in a supporting role this year next month.