Thanks to Rudy Giuliani, the ’90s comedy My Cousin Vinny is trending again today. The president’s attorney mentioned the Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci comedy during a press conference this afternoon about the Trump campaign’s plan forward after the 2020 election.
According to The Hill, Giuliani quoted My Cousin Vinny “while arguing that representatives of the Trump campaign were not allowed close enough to observe ballot counting in Pennsylvania for the presidential election.”
It didn’t take long for Giuliani’s bizarre reference to go viral, and even My Cousin Vinny director Jonathan Lynn took notice of the moment now blowing up on social media. “I regard Giuliani’s praise of My Cousin Vinny as generous from the man who is currently giving the Comedy Performance of the Year,” Lynn told The Hollywood Reporter.
During today’s press conference, Giuliani asked the crowd, “Did you all watch My Cousin Vinny?” before calling the film “one of my favorite law movies” and pointing out that Pesci’s character, Vincent Gambini “comes from Brooklyn.” Giuliani then began his own impression of the film for his audience, trying out his own Vincent Gambini accent. “And when the nice lady, who said she saw, and then he says to her, ‘How many fingers do I got up?’ And she says, ‘Three.’ Well, she was too far away to see it was only two,” he said. “These people [poll watchers] were further away than My Cousin Vinny was from the witness.”
Giuliani’s My Cousin Vinny moment gathered plenty of online, with Twitter users roasting the president’s lawyer for his speech, which also included unfounded claims that Joe Biden has committed multiple crimes.
My Cousin Vinny, which premiered in 1992, tells the story of a New York lawyer (Pesci) who has never won a single case. But when his cousin Billy (Ralph Macchio) and his friend Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are accused of committing murder in Alabama, Vinny is the one who’s called in to prove their innocence and help save them. The comedy earned Tomei an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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