Sacha Baron Cohen is pulling from a familair bag of tricks to promote “The Dictator.”
The comedian arrived at New York City’s famed Waldorf Hotel in character as General Admiral Aladeen recently to speak at a mock “press conference” for his upcoming film.
In typical Cohen fashion, he then commenced to make all varieties of politically incorrect comments (or jokes, if you're in his target audience), and even Oprah Winfrey wasn't safe.
As "The Dictator" General Aladeen, Cohen lumped the OWN CEO in with other controversial "fallen" figures such as Saddam Hussein and Gadhafi, and in the process referred to the media mogul as a "tyrant."
And then there was a “congratulations” of sorts to actress Megan Fox on her rumored pregnancy, although General Aladeen was careful to note that he's not the father, alleging that his relations with Fox were not the sort that lead to a baby.
Oh, but that wasn't all: The character also claimed that he hooked up with Beyonce, Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian, "a very nice girl, but unbelievably hairy."
If you've seen the trailer, that joke is familiar to you - although he took it a bit further at the press conference than we can comfortably go on this family friendly blog.
But even if you haven't seen the trailer for "The Dictator," the schtick should be familiar, at the least, as he's previously done the same when promoting "Borat" and "Bruno."
So while he had the attention of the press on Monday as General Aladeen, he went ahead and also explained his decision to pour a powdery substance on Ryan Seacrest back in February.
The actor, again dressed as his "Dictator" character, made headlines on Seacrest’s E! Oscars pre-show when he "accidentally" spilled what he claimed were the ashes of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il all over Seacrest on live TV.
"The reality is, you know, I was showing him it was from South Korea - the urn was made from South Korea," Cohen as Aladeen said. "I lifted it up, and then it accidentally fell on him."
There was a much longer story, but we'll spare you the grimy details.
“The Dictator” comes out on May 16.
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