There was an entire furor over Sacha Baron Cohen attending the Oscars this year. First he was forbidden to appear as the character of his film, ‘The Dictator,’ after which he decided not to attend the awards. Finally he was given permission to appear as the Dictator, and surely he did along with two lady bodyguards and a golden urn in his hand. He informed Ryan Seacrest that the urn contained the ashes of Kim Jong Il, the late North Korean leader. “I love it here because it gives me an opportunity to bring my dear friend and doubles tennis partner, Kim Jong-Il…It was his dream to come to the Oscarsand to be sprinkled over the red carpet and over Halle Berry’s chest.” He then theatrically fumbled and spilled the ashes all over Ryan Seacrest.
One would expect Ryan Seacrest to react, but Seacrest maintained his cool and covered up saying that he had expected Baron Cohen to pull a stunt and that he was not aware of the Ash-stunt beforehand.
Baron Cohen was then taken away by the security and could be heard yelling at Seacrest, “If somebody asks you what you’re wearing, you can say ‘Kim Jong-il’!”
The comedian had earlier mentioned that his outfit (a Gaddafi-style uniform) was designed by John Galliano. He even referred to his accessories, displaying his pair of plain black socks, “As Saddam Hussein once said to me, ‘Socks are socks. Don't waste money.’”
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