The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is paying close attention to "Hugo" actor Sacha Baron Cohen ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards as reports circulate that the actor wants to pull a red carpet stunt.
On Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter cited anonymous sources who claimed that Cohen, 40, was angling to attend the Oscars dressed as his character in the upcoming comedy, "The Dictator."
As evidenced by the movie's trailer, Cohen stars in the May release as General Aladeen, a leader trying to stop democracy from entering the country he's "so lovingly oppressed."
Having Cohen, who's been invited as part of the best picture nominee "Hugo" cast, show up as "The Dictator" wouldn't be a surprise; after all, this is the same actor who's stayed in character on red carpets before.
But while that may be the case, the Academy isn't interested in having Cohen arrive at the awards show dressed as anyone other than himself.
While that position had some reporting that the actor's tickets had been rescinded, that doesn't appear to be the case.
“We would love to have Sacha Baron Cohen at the Oscar show," a spokesperson for the Academy told CNN. "We have expressed [to Cohen] that we don’t like our red carpet to be used as a promotional stunt. We’re waiting to hear from him. We’ve put the ball in his court.”
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Too harsh of me. I kind of like him in some things.
This guy should be banned from life.
Sacha just spilled the ashes of Kim Jong IL on Ryan Seacrest
Cohen should be ashamed to be seen in Hollywood following one of the worst peformances of the year in one of the worst movies of the year, Hugo. What a mess! No real plot, nothing for children in a so-called children's movie, a nonsensical, idiotic move to make it 3D – terrible. Everyone who foisted that trainwreck on the public should be completely ashamed of themselves.
This man is genius!
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He's going to upset the Hollywood elite......waaaaahhhhhh.
Personally, I'd ban Cohen regardless of his intent.
jew hater ain't cha
Wow, michael garisson, don't you like to make assumptions! I'm not a hater at all, I just think that Cohen's work is asinine and I don't like it.
For the record, people like yourself, those who make assumptions based on a SINGLE SENTENCE are just as dangerous (if not more so) as those that you point your self-righteous finger at.
Now go get an education and then go screw yourself.
WOW is right, michael garrison ! Where in the world did THAT assumption come from? Totally out of left field and wrong to boot! Think you should maybe get that chip on your shoulder looked at?
Maybe somebody should let Sacha know this kind of crap is soooo old. He should go ask Mike Myers what "Love Guru" did for HIS career? Same vulgar, unfunny character, slightly different plot and costumes. Proves you are washed up if this is the best you can do.
The oscars are already a pathetic joke to begin with, seeing how all its just an excuse for the Hollywood 1% to show off their so called "talent" of acting, wealth and having symmetrical faces. If anything, Sacha Baron Cohen is just trying to justify his so called "craft" by staying in character.
I respect actors, but not if the hail from Hollywood.
what kind of name is sacha? we gots a guy in the holler named sucka. maybe he just mispelled it.
I wish he would show up in character. At least then, the Oscars would be interesting to watch, instead of a snooze fest.
Movie traler, datz the uns on wheelz. Fanci.
The fear is that Obama might mistake him for a real third world dictator and start bowing and apologizing.
If he was an actual threat to this country, he' have him taken out. Apologize, my azz. You're a republican, huh?
Or even worse yet, walk around holding the hand of Saudi princes. You know.....like that Republican George Bush did.
Nah – more likely Santorum would mistake him for a real dictator and whip out an AK-47 and start shooting, taking out hundreds of innocent bystanders in the process. And then NOT apologize because there was a chance that Cohen might have REALLY been a dictator who was thinking about planning to investigate building some sort of weapon that could possibly be used against us, maybe sometime in the future, if he were to get enough money.
and don't forget, then he'll take away our birth control & sick Satan on us!
No talent self promoting loser. Stay home.
Sacha is a great actor who has topped my list for side-splitting guffaws.
So all the actors coming as caricatures of real people are fine with the academy as long as they were nice clothes. It isn't like those people aren't acting fake as a promotional stunt for their future careers at all. Really.
Someone like Cohen wants to show up and not play their thoroughly fake game and they get upset. I really hope he just flat out lies to their face and shows up as the Dictator anyway. It will at least be mildly entertaining. It isn't like the academy is ever going to give Sasha an Oscar anyway, he is after all a comedian/actor and we all know how men in that role fare when it comes to being rewarded for their roles by the academy.
Well, not entirely. There was Jamie Foxx who's a comedian/actor/musician. Though it was a dramatic role. Does that count btw?
Uhh, isn't the entire "red carpet" a promotional stunt?
Absolutely. I mean, its all about advertising who is wearing what designer dress or jewelry. who is with who as a date, what cast has matching shoes. I say let him. Everyone knows he is cooky anyways. And it is better than Bruno.
Gosh. He's not coming as Bruno this time. What a shame. lOl
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