Is John Lithgow cursed to play all of the world’s biggest slimeballs? Earlier this year he mimicked Donald Trump in a play; soon he’ll play Roger Ailes in the Fox News–inspired Bombshell; and on Tuesday the actor adopted yet another disturbing role: Rudy Giuliani.
“Ever since the original whistle-blower report, Rudy has been on TV doing damage control minus the control,” Stephen Colbert told his audience during Tuesday’s Late Show. So the program invited Trump’s attorney onto the show to clear up some of the stranger allegations against him. Lithgow’s performance was delightfully unhinged—a wine-slurping, Hunter Biden–obsessed conspiracy theorist with some very bad teeth. (Giuliani will also, coincidentally, make an appearance in Bombshell—played by Richard Kind.)
When Colbert asked his guest about the allegations that he’s been traveling the world peddling already-debunked conspiracy theories in an attempt to boost the president’s reelection chances, “Giuliani” was defiant. “That’s ridiculous, Stephen,” he replied. “I was simply bringing the American people the truth about the Bidens! And that’s not all. I now have reason to believe that the 2016 election was not hacked by the Russians; it was hacked by Hunter Biden, who is actually a Men in Black–style alien being operated by a tiny Hillary Clinton in his neck!”
After a while, “Giuliani” paused for a “Rudy snack”—aka a healthy gulp of wine. And when Colbert asked him about former national security adviser John Bolton reportedly calling him a “hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up”?
“Stephen, that’s crazy,” Lithgow-as-Giuliani said. “Hand grenades are used by highly trained soldiers. I’m more like a can of hairspray someone turns into a flamethrower during a prison riot.”
And as for Giuliani’s mysterious trip to Vienna, scheduled roughly 24 hours after two of his business associates were arrested while making the same journey? “I was going because I love classical music,” the attorney insisted to Colbert. “And I have reason to believe that Hunter Biden has stolen Mozart’s bones! And he wasn’t alone. Everyone was in on it: the deep state, Podesta, George Soros. Also—hold on, let me consult my research department.” (Cue another glug of wine.) “The lizard people, Bigfoot, the chupacabra,” Giuliani said, concluding his list. “I know him,” he said of the last entry. “We have the same dentist.”
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