February 23rd, 2012
10:19 AM ET
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."
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While that position had some reporting that the actor's tickets had been rescinded, that doesn't appear to be the case.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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