He has to be joking, surely. Please, someone say he’s joking. Rudy Giuliani has made the latest in a long line of gaffes, as he referred to Game Of Thrones as a “documentary.”

Earlier last week, Giuliani made a reference to “trial by combat” during a rally outside the White House. He told the gathered mob they would have a “trial by combat” if the election results weren’t changed. This was said hours before the riots at the Capitol, that left five dead.

The former Mayor of New York made the comments to a reporter who asked for clarification on what he meant by “trial by combat”.

He told The Hill reporter Brett Samuels: “I was referring to the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion in that very famous documentary about fictitious England. When Tyrion, who is a very small man, is accused of murder. He didn’t commit murder, he can’t defend himself and he hires a champion to defend himself.”

He continues on to say that he wasn’t seeking to invite violence from the crowd. Giuliani insisted it didn’t stir people up, that it “was not an emotion-inspiring part of the speech”.

It’s a very specific reference to Game Of Thrones, so the 76-year-old has clearly watched it. How he thinks dragons and white walkers are real, nobody really knows.

Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue and he meant a mockumentary or spoof, but also how can a documentary be fictitious?

We also doubt that Donald Trump would be happy being compared to Tyrion.

Trial By Combat

Spoiler alert if you’ve not watched Game Of Thrones. Tyrion called for a trial by combat twice. One of them resulted in Bronn ( played by Jerome Flynn) slitting the throat of Ser Vardis Egen and kicking him through the Moon Door.  Fun.

The second trial by combat became one of the most famous scenes from the show, with The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) crushing the skull of Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal). Neither method would be a particularly desirable thing to suggest to angry supporters.

It’s the latest odd moment to come from Giuliani. First, he was pictured with hair dye running down his face on TV. Then there’s the now-infamous press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping rather than the Four Seasons hotel.

He was also caught on camera as part of the Borat sequel, in some dodgy-looking circumstances with an actor posing as a reporter.


Sacha Baron Cohen has talked about the preparation that went into filming some of the most controversial scenes. He hid in a men’s toilet for several hours, dressed as Donald Trump, because he was preparing for the moment he crashes Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I’m often asked, ‘How does an actor prepare for a scene? And I prepared by waking up at one in the morning, driving to a motel, sitting in a chair for six hours while a prosthetics team changed my face to Donald Trump’s and then, yes, sneaking into CPAC and staying in a men’s lavatory for a number of hours” Cohen told the Los Angeles Times.

“I had a phone, and I had one Coca-Cola. And I put little lines on the Coke bottle for how much I could drink per hour” he explained.

“In the meantime, I became familiar with the inner workings of the right-wing man more than anyone around. I know their diets. They need more roughage. It was a little too lively in there.”

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