‘My Cousin Vinny’ Star and Director Object to Rudy Giuliani’s Re-enactment of Scene at Press Conference Concerning Election Fraud

We know what you’re thinking but no, the above picture does not represent Rudy Giuliani’s misunderstanding of the “shocker.” As shocking as this year has been, those fingers reference a scene from the beloved 1992 comedy starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny. That’s right, while once again ranting about how the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, the president’s attorney invoked a movie (as we all do) to further legitimize his argument.   

Last Thursday, Giuliani asked an unsuspecting crowd, “Did you all watch My Cousin Vinny? It’s one of my favorite law movies because he comes from Brooklyn.” He then went on to re-enact a scene from the movie in which Vinny (Pesci) asks a witness how many fingers he is holding up. “He says to her, ‘How many fingers do I got up?’ Well she was too far away to see it was only two,” Guiliani said. “These people were further away than My Cousin Vinny was from the witness.”

Giuliani, of course, is leading the Trump campaign’s lawsuit to stop the certification of various election results favoring President-elect Joe Biden (yawn). The aforementioned moment was meant to illustrate how representatives were not allowed close enough to observe ballot counting in Pennsylvania (thanks to social distancing) and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, did not amuse director Jonathan Lynn: 

“I regard Giuliani’s praise of My Cousin Vinny as generous from the man who is currently giving the Comedy Performance of the Year [in Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm],” said Lynn. 

Tomei, who won a best-supporting actress Oscar for her role in the film, also chimed in by tweeting the following GIF:

As the circus rages on, it would seem the only “fact” sane citizens will not object to (or rather roll their eyes at) is that My Cousin Vinny is a fantastic film. 

Cover Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)/Twentieth Century Fox 

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