How Does Sacha Baron Cohen’s Dictator Stunt Measure Up To His Past Pranks?


Sacha Baron Cohen is not happy about his potential Oscars ban, but it seems that Admiral General Aladeen is even more enraged than he. “On behalf of the nation of Wadiya, I am outraged at being banned from the Oscars by the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Zionists,” Cohen’s character from The Dictator rants in his new video. The comedian also takes a swipe at Hilary Swank for attending the birthday of Chechnyan President and alleged human rights violator Ramzan Kadyrov. We never thought we’d say this but: burn, Hilary Swank!

“While I applaud the Academy for taking away my right to free speech,” Cohen continues. “I warn you that if you do not lift your sanctions and give me my tickets back by 12 p.m. on Sunday, you will face unimaginable consequences.” We are praying this means the comedian will try to take the red carpet anyway; he’s the only person alive who has the guts to intentionally horrify Meryl Streep. Also intentionally horrifying? Cohen’s past movie-related pranks. Take a walk down Memory Lane to revisit the Borat star’s finest stunts, and see how his Oscars prank is measuring up so far. Just so you know: at the end of Memory Lane is Bruno in a skin-tight knit naked suit. With built-in pubes. You have been warned!

Update: According to Deadline, the Academy has decided to allow Cohen to bring general chaos to the Oscars red carpet with his Dictator stunt after all. “Does Sacha need a changing room?,” the Academy allegedly asked the comedian’s reps this afternoon. No, but his armed guards, camels and manservants might!

In September 2008, Cohen stormed the stage at the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada show at Milan fashion week covered in Velcro and a motley assortment of towels. He was eventually hauled out of the venue by security.

At the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Cohen descended from the heavens wearing angel wings and a jockstrap…directly onto Eminem’s horrified face. Despite what you would assume from the rapper’s overall demeanor, Eminem later admitted that the stunt was planned, and that he was happy to oblige.

We have no idea how Cohen was allowed to put up this billboard advertising an promotional event for Bruno in Australia, but he did. We know an “erection” is also a term for a building or structure, but come on. Come on!

And finally, Cohen in all his pink glory at the Berlin premiere of Bruno, as well as the L.A. premiere, in 2009. Yes, that is a disco ball tank. Oh…maybe he can get that out of storage for one last ride…

[Photo: Getty Images]

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