In his interview with GMA, he said he stopped it for Maria Bakalova’s safety.
|Posted: 28 October 2020 at 11:30pm | IP Logged | 11
I get that, but I also... don't?
I've seen most of Baron Cohen's oeuvre and contrary to the first superficial impression one might have, his work is very methodical, detailed, and very, very, carefully planned and executed.
For a stunt like this, his production team worked for months to build Bakalova as a conservative foreign reporter with enough credibility for White House staff and press to "buy it" and vouch for her in order to get that one on one with Rudy.
He'd also had to be "tipped" that Giuliani was prone to act in this way, probably by having similar experiences with real young female reporters.
If not, what would be the point? You wouldn't waste months of work if you were told the man was incapable of doing such a thing or was never inappropriate in any way.
So he set the stage, with the flirtatious Bakalova and the adjoining bedroom filled with cameras, etc, kind of "knowing" what was going to happen, as he usually does.
And then he instantly cuts it.
Runs away from the situation he created, even. Something I'd never seen him doing before. Escalating situations past their brink is kinda his thing.
I get the safety issue, but at the same time I've seen an entire film of him and Bakalova being exposed to all kinds of situations that seemed far more dangerous or risky than Rudy on a bed.
I'm not trying to imply anything, I honestly don't know, but something's missing for me.