Only Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as a General Aladeen from his upcoming film “The Dictator” could manage to upstage Hollywood’s most beautiful people on the Oscar red carpet.
Arriving in perhaps the longest limo of the evening and flanked by two women wearing short skirts and red berets, Cohen caused a big commotion in his brief appearance on the red carpet. Carrying what appeared to be an urn, Cohen “accidentally” poured what he called the ashes of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Ryan Seacrest during an interview with Seacrest for E!
Seacreast appeared a bit surprised and even a little put off by the stunt.
Cohen, as his alter ego, explained that it was his friend Kim Jong Il’s dream to have his “ashes sprinkled on the red carpet and Halle Berry’s chest.” As he leaned toward Seacrest, the urn tilted over and spilled ashes over Seacreast’s tuxedo.
Security soon whisked Cohen and his entourage off the carpet, while members of the Los Angeles fire department swept up the ashes, forcing some reporters on the red carpet to cut their interviews short.
Cohen was at first banned from appearing as the fictional Middle Eastern ruler before the Academy agreed to allow him to walk the carpet as his alter ego.
“We’re thrilled to have him and he’ll be on the red carpet dressed as ‘The Dictator,’” Oscar producer Brian Grazer told entertainment television show “Extra” Saturday.
Earlier, Cohen spoke out against the Academy’s reported attempt to ban him from appearing in character.
In a video posting on his “official government website,” Cohen as Aladeen, the ruler of the fictional nation of Wadiya, blasts the “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists,” fumes that he’s “outraged” at the ticket snub, and warns there will be “unimaginable consequences” if the Academy doesn’t “lift its sanctions” and give him his tickets back. “Furthermore, it is an act of aggression that no Wadiyan films have been recognized by the academy,” he adds. “Where are the nominations for such classic movies as ‘When Harry Kidnapped Sally,’ ‘You Got Mailbomb,’ and ‘Planet of the Rapes?’”
In character, Cohen also skewers Hilary Swank’s recent PR misstep in which she claims she unknowingly took $2 million from a suspected war criminal to attend his birthday party, and director Brett Ratner’s anti-gay comments, which led to him stepping down as the producer of the Oscar telecast.
In closing, he screams: “Death to the West! Death to America! And good luck, Billy Crystals!,” before asking someone off-camera, “How was that? Did I sound crazy enough?”
In reality, Cohen — the actor, not the faux dictator — has a reason for being at the Oscars this year. He’s a member of the cast of this year’s most nominated film, “Hugo.”
Cohen also called into NBC Friday to plead his case, saying he had to delay “30 executions” and said the Academy has until midday Sunday to return his tickets.