My Cousin Vinny director responds to Rudy Giuliani

Rachel Brodsky
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Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP)
Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP)

My Cousin Vinny director Jonathan Lynn weighed in with this thoughts after a bizarre press conference where Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani quoted the 1992 film—which he cited as one of his favorites—in order to make a point.

"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 the press conference, New York City's former mayor compared the presidential election observers being corralled away from the votes counts to a scene in the film where Joe Pesci's Vinny asks a witness in court how many fingers he's holding up from across the court room. (The witness' glasses are so thick, she guesses incorrectly.)

Referring to Presidential election Republican poll watchers, Giuliani said, "These people were further away than My Cousin Vinny was from the witness. They couldn’t see a thing!"

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The former mayor’s comments were met with more raised eyebrows across Twitter, with The Daily Beast entertainment editor Marlow Stern writing, “My Cousin Vinny is about a personal injury lawyer from Brooklyn who cons a judge into letting him try a case by impersonating someone else, so this tracks."

Marisa Tomei, who won an Oscar for her role in the film, also reacted to the reference on Twitter.