Baron Cohen’s bearded Admiral Gen Shabazz Aladeen walked on the Oscars red carpet, holding an urn with the image of Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s dictator, who died a few months ago at the age of 69.
Two women posing as bodyguards, whom he previously claimed (as Aladeen) to have paid $2 million to escort him, opened the urn and spilled its ashy contents on the carpet, before it was removed by security.
Holding up a golden urn with the visage of Kim Jong-il the fake General said of his Oscar moment: “It gave me an opportunity to bring my dear friend and partner, Kim Jong-il.”
The satiric provocateur was given such permission by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to go in character on Friday following a rumored ban from the awards fest.
The Academy, which presents the Oscars, initially said Cohen was invited to Sunday‚Äôs event, but only as himself.
Telecast producer Brian Grazer said Cohen could dress as the fictional Admiral General Shabazz on the red carpet.
The compromise was reached after Cohen used online video messages to get permission to take part in Oscar‚Äôs night of the year as the outrageous character from his upcoming film.
“I’m wearing John Galliano,” he said of Galliano, the former Christian Dior designer ousted from the label after an anti-semitic rant. “The socks are from K-Mart…Saddam Hussein once said to me, socks are socks, don’t waste money!”
While chatting with reporters during the pre-show red carpet he was spilling the alleged ashes of North Korea’s late Kim Jong-il all over E! reporter’s Burberry tux, says US Magazine.
‚ÄúIt was his dream to come to the Oscars and to be sprinkled on the red carpet and over Halle Berry‚Äôs chest again,‚ÄĚ the star said, before ‚Äúaccidentally‚ÄĚ spilling the ashes.
Cohen’s appearance received the biggest cheer of the night, and made him the hottest topic of conversation in a matter of mere seconds.
As The Daily Mail writes, such celebrities as Tina Fey had to wait in line to pose by the powder, and over at the Vanity Fair bash – Olivia Wilde said in an interview that she hoped Cohen would bring the ashes to the party later.
Cohen was happy that his stunt worked as it should be and said: ‚ÄúNow when people ask what you’re wearing, you will say Kim Jong-il!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúPart of me thought he would be up to something!‚ÄĚ said reporter of E! whose tuxedo suffered, ‚ÄúHe was either going to do that to me or George Clooney, right?‚ÄĚ
He later tweeted: ‚ÄúMy mom always told me to pack two jackets for red carpets, always wondered why. Now I know.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúA lot of people hitting up afterparties tonight…me? I’m hosting a pancake breakfast tomorrow,‚ÄĚ he continued.
E! star continued to host celebs, and he had to explain his dirty tuxedo. Jennifer Lopez, wearing Zuhair Murad, brushed him off: “What happened?!”
‚ÄúThe General” after The Academy announced its decision to allow him to attend: “Victory is ours! Today the mighty nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood.”