A string of emails showed former Mayor Rudy Giuliani appearing in a movie parody called “The Truth About George” last year — but Giuliani confirmed Sunday night that he played no other role in the comedy, refuting the reports that he played a lead role in the movie about Newt Gingrich.
“In ‘The Truth About George,’ I played a fairly small part,” Giuliani told POLITICO, adding that he could have appeared in the movie “if the producers” wanted him to.
But he did not confirm whether he was in the movie at all. “I don’t think they would have cast me if they thought I was going to do something,” he said.
After the release of the political consultant’s emails Sunday, Giuliani was contacted by the video-production company itself, he said.
“They contacted me last night and apologized, and said they were sorry to have done this,” Giuliani said. “They were already in production and somebody recognized me on the news, and told them who I was.”
He then read some of the sarcastic emails being sent from people who thought they were discovering the real Giuliani: “Can someone please tell Rudy that Donald Trump’s celebrity is as relevant to Americans as Hurricane Harvey’s destruction,” read one.
In the 2012 and 2016 GOP primaries, Giuliani endorsed and campaigned for Mr. Trump, after the former mayor’s exploratory committee left him for dead in the front-runner phase of the GOP nomination race.
Mr. Giuliani, a Trump lawyer, promoted the president on the Sunday shows Sunday morning after firing a series of critical tweets about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian election interference and any possible collusion between the president’s campaign and the Kremlin.
“Bob Mueller, brought in after Comey, is an Obama guy,” Mr. Giuliani told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to Mr. Mueller, who was appointed special counsel by the Justice Department in May to investigate the allegations. “There’s lots of Obama people over there.”
He later continued his attack, as well as tweets defending his ex-client, before changing course and confirming that Giuliani had appeared in a film called “The Truth About George.”
Mr. Giuliani appeared briefly in the pre-school comedy movie in October 2017, where he did a short yet memorable scene for which he was paid $200,000. But these emails show that he appeared only in two other scenes, for which he was not paid.
A few days after the January departure of his erstwhile ally, Mr. Giuliani, who is the celebrity lawyer for Mr. Trump, asked to appear in a scene as well.
“Trying to find any solution to the incoming emails from George,” a longtime friend tells Mr. Giuliani as he reads out a script while reading a lopsided news article on the “shocking” email leak.
“Well it’s been tough,” says Giuliani, a Bronx-born native who grew up in Manhattan and whose legal career has spanned decades, the presidency, New York City, and national politics. “George is a very important person to me, and I’m going to reach out to him to try to set up a meeting.”
The email exchange reads like a how-to guide for political operatives who aspire to shake down power players with the help of actors.
“Can anyone help me out with these, since these are pretty ridiculous?” Mr. Giuliani asked a colleague.
“When they run into each other, try to befriend them,” advises the friend.
Mr. Giuliani’s final scene also shows up, showing a very slim Giuliani in one of those overly bulbous suits he is famous for — and a smooch for his wife.