In a (not-at-all-shocking) turn of events, the internet can’t stop talking about Rudy Giuliani.
After a memorable month — which included a notable turn in “Borat 2”, a post-election press conference at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping and a recent hair dye gaffe — Giuliani is now trending for a totally different reason: The internet has rediscovered an old biopic in which the Trump lawyer was portrayed by actor James Woods. An amusing clip from 2003’s “Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story” has gone viral, and it reminds us of the person Giuliani used to be. You know, before he became a meme-worthy villain.
The clip shows a scene of Woods’ Giuliani taking a moonlit stroll on a fake beach with his wife Donna, played by Penelope Ann Miller. Throughout the scene, the two discuss everything from his personality (“I’m not a hard ass, I’m not insensitive,” Rudy tells his wife) to politics (“Democrats always talked about things getting better, Republicans did whatever they could to make them better,” he insists).
This romantic moonlit scene in RUDY: THE RUDY GIULIANI STORY absolutely murdered me. I am dead. pic.twitter.com/eRZuxM0iMI
— Marie Bardi (@mariebardi) November 24, 2020
Of course, back in the early ’90s and aughts, Giuliani was a decently respectable public figure. As the mayor of New York, he helped unite the city after 9/11, earning him a spot on Time Magazine’s Person of the Year list in 2001. He also helped transform Times Square from a seedy playground into a tourist hotspot, cleaned up New York’s crime record and even received honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. In short, a biopic covering his life and accomplishments at the height of his “hero” status made sense.
That was 2003. It’s now 2020, and Giuliani’s personal profile is far from what it used to be — which means we can’t watch this clip without thinking of his more recent career moments. And the fact that he was portrayed by Woods, who is also a known Trump supporter? That’s just the icing on the cake.
Take a look at some of the responses and reactions to Woods’ Emmy-nominated performance.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) November 24, 2020
The most authentically Republican thing about that viral clip from the batshit bad James Woods Rudy Giuliani biopic is that he’s walking on a cold-ass beach at night with a woman in a bare-shouldered dress and he never once thinks to give her his suit jacket.
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) November 24, 2020
I didn't think 2020 had anything left to give us (or take away from us) but I was wrong because here's an unearthed clip of the 2003 movie "Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story" starring James Woods as Rudy Giuliani and it is fucking G O L D.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) November 24, 2020
James Woods should definitely make a sequel to this to cover the period from 2002 to the present. https://t.co/ZyWVgKwHl1
— Schooley (@Rschooley) November 24, 2020