Jonathan Lynn responded to a My Cousin Vinny reference made by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who now leads President Trump’s legal team, during a press conference Thursday. During the conference, Giuliani noted the movie as one of his favorites since Vinny hails from Brooklyn and re-enacted the scene where Vinny questions a near-sighted elderly woman about how many fingers he’s holding up. The former mayor referenced the scene to argue that poll watchers similarly couldn’t keep an eye on voters because they were too far away. Lynn told THR he appreciated Giuliani’s affection for the film because Giuliani himself has been giving a hilarious performance in 2020. Here’s the director’s dig at Giuliani below:
I regard Giuliani’s praise of My Cousin Vinny as generous from the man who is currently giving the Comedy Performance of the Year.
Jonathan Lynn’s comment also comes on the heels of recent controversy surrounding Rudy Giuliani’s appearance in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat sequel that was released late last month. The film incited a media firestorm when Giuliani was unknowingly caught on film lying on a hotel bed in front of Borat’s daughter, Tutar, and putting his hand down his pants, implying a sexual advance. Despite Giuliani claiming the scene was fabricated, the behavior certainly looked suspicious, leaving viewers to make their own judgments regarding his behavior.
Many filmmakers and showrunners don’t shy away from vocalizing concern over how politicians or political organizations co-opt their creations. For example, back in 2018, Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur blasted the NRA on Twitter when the gun rights group tweeted a GIF of his show’s main character Leslie Knope. Though Lynn’s comment regarding My Cousin Vinny was far more innocuous, it continues to show a unique kind of dissonance between Hollywood creators and the American political system.
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