Sacha Baron Choen (best known as Borat), dressed as character in his new movie, The Dictator, spilled the remains of Kim Jong-il on Ryan Seacrest as Ryan was interviewing Choen on the red carpet of the 2012 Academy Awards.
|Sacha Baron Choen as The Dictator just before emptying the ashes of Kim Jong-il upon Ryan Seacrest.|
Sacha Baron Cohen may not have taken best fashion honors, but he certainly usurped the attention on the red carpet before Sunday's Academy Awards. How? By dumping the ashes of Kim Jong-il all over E! host Ryan Seacrest.
The 40-year-old actor, known best by many as "Borat," showed at the 2012 Academy Awards in full costume and full character as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen the titular despot from his upcoming movie, “The Dictator.”
Immediately after Seacrest supplied the straight line as to why Cohen was carrying an urn with the likeness of late North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-il, on the side, the Cohen explained in a thick Middle Eastern accent:
“It gave me the opportunity to bring my dear friend and double tennis partner Kim Jong Il,” Cohen said, before seeming to trip and dump the urn’s contents all over Seacrest’s tuxedo.
“If someone asks what you are wearing, tell them Kim Jong Il.”
Earlier in the week, Cohen had reportedly been banned from appearing at Sunday’s ceremony, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences officials who were advised the publicity stunt had the potential of overshadowing the Oscars.
Though I am unaware of the particulars, it is apparent that the Academy authorities changed their mind sometime during the week. Brian Grazer, the Oscar's producer, was quoted as saying, “We’re thrilled to have him and he’ll be on the red carpet dressed as The Dictator.
After witnessing Seacrest's response to having an urn of Bisquick poured upon his tux, he probably wishes the ban would remained in effect.