When Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen shows up somewhere in character, it’s guaranteed that he’ll pull a stunt. And that’s exactly what the actor did when he walked the Red Carpet at last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards and then “spilled” the supposed ashes of Kim Jong Il onto interviewer Ryan Seacrest.
You can watch the entire escapade in the video here below.
Cohen arrived to the Oscars dressed as Admiral General Aladeen, his character from the upcoming film The Dictator, carrying an urn he said was filled with the ashes of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and flanked by his two female personal security officers. He made his way down the Red Carpet to Ryan Seacrest, who was covering the Red Carpet arrives for E!
Seacrest asked him the obligatory “Who are you wearing?” question, which Cohen answered, bringing up a tidbit about his socks. When Seacrest went to get a better look at the socks, that’s when the dictator “inadvertently” spilled the ashes all over the interviewer, covering Seacrest in white powder (I think people were saying it was Bisquick). As the event security came to drag Cohen away, he told Seacrest that now when people ask him who he’s wearing, he can say Kim Jong Il!
While Seacrest was shocked at what transpired, he did try to keep it together, and his E! colleagues tried to tell him he should feel honored that Cohen used his one stunt for the night on him.
Cohen had been invited to the ceremony, but was banned from attending the awards as his Dictator character. It’s almost as if the Academy really wanted him to show up in character, because that’s what he did. Obviously, he didn’t make it beyond Seacrest’s area of the Red Carpet.
What I loved was that for the rest of the arrivals, Seacrest had to interview all the celebrities whilst standing in a pile of “ashes” and still somewhat covered with it. It was also hilarious to see the celebrities come over to him quite confused with the set-up, wondering what the hell happened there!