February 26th, 2012
08:01 PM ET

'Dictator' drama on Oscars red carpet

Although the Academy initially said they weren't interested in having actor Sacha Baron Cohen attend the Oscars as his character from his upcoming film "The Dictator," Cohen's General Aladeen nonetheless made an entrance to the event on Sunday.

It wasn't unexpected, as producer Brian Grazer told "Extra" that the Oscars would be "thrilled" to have Cohen dressed as the  heavily bearded, comical character at the ceremony.

But perhaps the Academy wasn't expecting the actor would bring along props.

Apparently, as Cohen stopped for an interview with E!'s Ryan Seacrest, he also had an urn with him that appeared to have the face of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on it, CNN's Nischelle Turner reported from the red carpet.

Turner said that while Cohen was speaking with Seacrest, he spilled something that was intended to look like "ashes" on the TV personality and producer.

"It was actually very odd, and Ryan didn't look too happy," Turner said. "And then they just herded [Cohen] away very quickly."

The E! host, who was trying to figure out if it was cake mix Cohen spilled on him or Bisquick, later told CNN that he knew when he accepted the offer to interview Cohen in character, he had to be prepared for anything.

"It wouldn't be a simple conversation," Seacrest said. "I wasn't quite sure what, but I was ready for something."

The resulting interview "was a typical Sacha Baron Cohen in character conversation," he added. "And all of a sudden, what felt like pancake mix was on my lapel. This is why we love live TV, right?"

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    March 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Daddy Cool

    Show of hands who think Sacha Baron Cohen is funny....anyone?...anyone?

    February 29, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jennifer


    February 28, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ms. Laura

    This is so childish. Stupid publicity act. Grow up.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Dandey

    Sacha Baron Cohen is a f@#king idiot...

    February 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Me

    I can't believe people acutally think Seacrest wasn't in on it.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mae fish


      February 28, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Leucadia Bob


    February 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darkguardian1314

      This was unacceptable what happened to Seacrest. You spend hours getting ready for the Red Carpet to look your best and some bozo comes along and spills crap over your tux and shoes. Seacrest did handle it well but did he really have a choice. If it was Tom Cruise or some other actor or actress they would have a meltdown. I'm no fan of Seacrest but he didn't deserve that. The look on the female bodyguards was a look of shock and embarrassment.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nadine

    I thought Sacha's stunt was hilarious. What's even funnier is all this pious concern over Ryan Seacrest's lapels - or wait, no, the idea that someone though Seacrest (Seacrest!) would clock Cohen. 🙂

    February 27, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. DK

    Sacha Baron Cohen's actions were infantile, self-aggrandizing, and rude. He should have to buy Ryan Seacrest a new tuxedo and be banned from the Oscars until his maturity level approaches the size of his ego.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Leucadia Bob

    Reggae sensation Alborosie announces upcoming single he collaborated on with Amy Winehouse

    February 27, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rocky

    Cohen should've spilled those ashes on Pitt and Jolie. So tired of these two getting nominated every year just because they've made some lame movie.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Marua

    Poor guy is the only way to get attention ,who is he? The Oscar night,boooring..........is not more ,interestig glamourous is all trashy!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Russ

    This establishes a precedent of actors showing up in costume to promote their films. I hope that they prevent it in the future. Otherwise, everyone will start showing up in character and the event will become a circus.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Talkic

    He's awesome! (Baron Cohen...not Seacrest).

    February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Why wouldn't you just put his whole name? Or just say cohen? why leave out Sacha? you're one cool idiot

      February 27, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dj


    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. Becca

    What a joke! I can understand trying to be funny with the outfit, but spilling sand onto Ryan's tux was going too far! That man must not want to make it in Hollywood very much...... made a donkey out of himself in front of 90 million people.....what a loser

    February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Ummmm....yeah, that little stunt is really going to ruin his chances in Hollywood. At this rate, he'll never make any successful movies that were seen by millions of people! Oh wait........

      February 27, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. Joe

    Hey, maybe Cohen's next movie can be about how AIPAC is dragging the US into another unnecessary war....

    February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  18. Tony


    February 27, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  19. yadayada1

    Seacrest should have "accidentially" gave Cohen a quick right hook.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  20. not cool

    There's having a bit of a fun but messing with a man's suit isn't cool, especially when it costs $$ and you have to wear it for a whole night. I would punch the person if that happened to me

    February 27, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Darkguardian1314

      I agree. That's not a cheap suit. Seacrest had to go the rest of the night like that. Any other play would have been better than the Red Carpet where everyone is being judged on what they are wearing.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. RnD

    corntrader19 – Really? Who forces you to watch the Oscars every year? Do us a favor, turn the channel and shut up! Same for you, oscar needs to die. Oh and by the way, the subject is Oscars, as in Movies, not the Emmys, which is for TV. But obviously, you're not too smart, lol.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Lilac

      You judge intelligence by being able to tell the Oscars from the Emmys? Yikes.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  22. Christian

    Yom Kippur and the Oscars ... the most important jewish holidays

    February 27, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Right on Christian, You made my day, that is really funny and so true.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Nadine

      yep - just like the running of the Daytona 500 and Christmas are the most important Christian holidays.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  23. bling and glitz

    @8:13 and 8:31. Why do u both even bother coming on the Entertainment blog? You'd like it better elsewhere..

    February 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  24. corntrader19

    The Oscars haven't been relevant in decades. It's nothing but a self-promoting, egotistical fashion show with rotten movies and lousy actors. Why is the public subjected to this garbage every year? The Oscars need to die!

    February 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oscars need to die

      really most of tv needs to die, terrible what it has become, waaaaaaaaaaay too many commercials, story lines from shows that are just dumb, no one really taking any risks with programming to keep the public interested, too many "reality" shows

      a few bright spots, I am not a fan but the glee show is an example of doing something different

      February 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Passing By

      I didn't know you were being forced to watch. How terrible for you.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • David in SLC

      I'm sorry you feel that TV is so awful. Maybe you are just not watching the right stuff. As someone who has watched more than 10 hours of scheduled TV a week for 30+ years – disclaimer: I also work out 4x a week so spare me the couch potato snark – I can tell you that TV today is the best it has ever been. Of course anything beats the 80's, but the last 5-10 years has given us some amazing TV. Writers, and their network sponsors, have finally figured out how to capture the magic of the ongoing narrative.

      When it comes to movies, why on Earth do people think the Oscars were ever relevant is beyond me. If you'd take 3 minutes and educate yourself, instead of just arriving at some conclusion based on what you feel, you'd know the Academy Awards have been nothing but an "attaboy" pat on the back. The only prestige they ever garnered was because of their exclusivity not their quality (or fairness), though there are many examples of when they did recognize true greatness. That's why everyone and his brother has an awards show now, to steal a bit of that exclusiveness which in its own way has diminished the Oscars.

      While I agree a vast majority of movies today are schlock, I still think there is quality out there to be found. But as the number of movies increases each year, those good ones are decreasing as a percentage IMO.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  25. kToronto

    I just watched the video of this and it was hilarious! Ryan handled it well 🙂

    February 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |

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