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Friday
Feb242012

Sacha Baron Cohen Dressed as ‘The Dictator’ to Appear on the Red Carpet

Mark Seliger/Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- “General Aladeen,” the fictional Middle Eastern ruler who Sacha Baron Cohen plays in his upcoming film The Dictator, will be making an appearance on the red carpet at the Academy Awards after all.

“We’re thrilled to have him and he’ll be on the red carpet dressed as The Dictator,” Oscar producer Brian Grazer told entertainment television show Extra.

Earlier, Cohen spoke out against the Academy’s reported attempt to ban him from appearing in character at this Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.

In a video posting on his “official government website,”  Cohen as Aladeen, the ruler of the fictional nation of Wadiya, blasts the “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists,” fumes that he’s “outraged” at the ticket snub and warns there will be “unimaginable consequences” if the Academy doesn’t “lift its sanctions” and give him his tickets back. “Furthermore, it is an act of aggression that no Wadiyan films have been recognized by the academy,” he adds.  “Where are the nominations for such classic movies as ‘When Harry Kidnapped Sally,’ ‘You Got Mailbomb,’ and ‘Planet of the Rapes?’”

In character, Cohen also skewers Hilary Swank’s recent PR misstep in which she claims she unknowingly took $2 million from a suspected war criminal to attend his birthday party, and director Brett Ratner’s anti-gay comments, which led to him stepping down as the producer of the Oscar telecast.

In closing, he screams: “Death to the West! Death to America! And good luck, Billy Crystals,” before asking someone off-camera, “How was that? Did I sound crazy enough?”

In reality, Cohen -- the actor, not the faux dictator -- has a reason for being at the Oscars this year.  He’s a member of the cast of this year’s most nominated film, Hugo.

Cohen also called into NBC this morning to plead his case, saying he had to delay “30 executions” and said the Academy has until midday Sunday to return his tickets.

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Friday
Feb242012

Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Dictator' Threatens Oscars over Ticket Snub

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "General Aladeen," the fictional Middle Eastern ruler who Sacha Baron Cohen portrays in his upcoming film The Dictator, is speaking out against the Academy's reported attempt to ban Cohen from appearing in character on the red carpet at this Sunday's Oscar ceremony.

In a video posting on his "official government website," Cohen as Aladeen, the ruler of the fictional nation of Wadiya, blasts the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists," fumes that he's "outraged" at the ticket snub, and warns there would be "unimaginable consequences" if the academy didn't "lift its sanctions" and give him his tickets back. "Furthermore, it is an act of aggression that no Wadiyan films have been recognized by the academy," he adds.  "Where are the nominations for such classic movies as When Harry Kidnapped Sally, You've Got Mailbomb, and Planet of the Rapes?"

In character, Cohen also skewers Hilary Swank's recent PR misstep in which she claims she unknowingly took $2 million from a suspected war criminal to attend his birthday party, and director Brett Ratner's anti-gay comments, which led to him stepping down as the producer of the Oscar telecast.

In closing, Cohen screams: "Death to the West! Death to America! And good luck, Billy Crystals!," before asking someone off-camera, "How was that? Did I sound crazy enough?"

In reality, Cohen -- the actor, not the faux dictator -- actually has a reason for being at the Oscars this year.  He's a member of the cast of this year's most nominated film, Hugo.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb232012

Report: Sacha Baron Cohen Uninvited from Oscars

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sacha Baron Cohen will not be attending the Oscars as his character from The Dictator -- or as himself -- according to Deadline.com.

The website claims the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pulled Cohen's tickets for Sunday's ceremony following a report that he intended to show up as the title character in his new comedy.

A source says, "Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the red carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show.”

An Academy spokesperson denies to The Hollywood Reporter that Cohen has been banned from the Oscars, but adds, "We're just waiting to hear what he's going to do." The trade magazine says the Academy does not want Cohen to walk the red carpet as his Dictator character.

The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday that Cohen, who appears in the Oscar-nominated movie Hugo, informed the film's studio of his plan, but not the producers of the Oscars telecast.

The Dictator, starring Cohen as a Saddam Hussein-esque ruler, opens in May.

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Sunday
Jan232011

Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Saddam Hussein Parody Movie

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images for MTV(LOS ANGELES) – Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the popular and controversial movies Borat and Brüno, will be returning to the big screen in a starring role in 2012. Cohen’s new movie, The Dictator, is an adaptation of Zabibah and The King, a ghost written book published in 2000 about a dictator and his people.

The film will be released by Paramount Pictures, which says the movie is "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Larry Charles, who directed both Borat and Brüno, will direct this movie as well.

Cohen, 39, received much criticism for Borat, which parodied local townspeople in Kazakhstan without them realizing they were in a movie.

Paramount has set an expected release date of May 2012.

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