Sacha Baron Cohen is a man known for creating wild characters, ones that push people to the extreme. The mockumentary star has upset the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with his plan to attend the Oscars over the weekend as his character Admiral General Aladeen.
This is a character Cohen is set to play in his upcoming box office comedy being called rather simply ‘The Dictator’. The story which will be released from the Paramount Pictures studio has been inspired by the novel written by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The book was called ‘Zabibah and the King’. This has set Cohen off on the creation of another larger than life character to follow the likes of Ali G, Borat and Bruno.
All his movies in some way have attracted attention, good and bad. The latest will tell the heroic story of a middle-eastern dictator, who ends up risking his life to make sure that democracy never comes to the country he so ‘lovingly oppressed’.
The organisers of the 84th Annual Academy Awards had put a stop on the Brit’s plan to walk down the red carpet as his character.
To counter the criticism over his stunt, Cohen reacted with another stunt. This time he called into ‘The Today Show’ on Friday as his character Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen. The character is the bearded and heavily accented leader of the Republic of Wadiya.
On the show he said: “I actually delayed 30 executions to do this!”. He was also asked to give his reaction to the reports which have suggested that he was not wanted at the Oscars.
Again as the tyrant he replied saying that “I would be impressed by an act of cowardice by a faceless regime, but this is personal. I have issued them an ultimatum. They have until midday on Sunday to give me my tickets back, or they will face unforeseen and unimaginable circumstances!”
In reality Cohen himself has not been banned from the Oscars, but they are not willing to let him use the red carpet as a promotional tool for his latest movie.
Cohen pulled a similar stunt for his movies Borat and Bruno. The latter story about a flamboyant Austrian fashion show presenter started a bidding war between Hollywood giants. With Dreamworks, Sony and 20th Century Fox trying to get their hands on the film.
It was finally bought by Universal Pictures who were reportedly to have paid $42.5 million for the rights to the movie.