Last week there was a bullshizz story going around that actor Sacha Baron Cohen had been BANNED from attending the 84th annual Academy Awards for fear that he might cause controversy either on the red carpet or on the show itself. Seemingly — as if he expected to be BANNED in the first placeCohen in character as General Aladeen from his film The Dictator released a video message in response to the alleged ban. Then, miraculously, the Academy relented and told Cohen he could walk the Oscar red carpet. AND TO EVERYONE’S SURPRISE (but not really), he pulled a stunt on Ryan Seacrest on the Oscar red carpet last night by accidentally pouring the “ashes of Kim Jong-Il” all over him. SHOCK! Click below to watch the orchestrated farce, in case you missed it the first time.

I find it very hard to believe that anyone at ALL believed even for one second that this whole sham wouldn’t turn out exactly as it did. I think we all knew from the very start that the banning was planned to help Sacha Baron Cohen promote his new film. If it weren’t for the initial ban, we wouldn’t have known to be on the look out for last night’s planned stunt:

As far as stunts go, it wasn’t even a very good one. I’m utterly convinced that not only was the Academy in on the joke but so was Ryan Seacrest (amazingly, Ryan had an exact Burberry tuxedo ready to go, which he immediately changed into). I don’t think this stunt did a thing for getting me interested in seeing The Dictator, mainly cuz I’m kinda over SBC‘s schtick … but how about you? Did this week-long elaborate stunt manage to get YOU interested in watching the film?


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