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Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator Punks Ryan Seacrest on the Oscar Red Carpet

By Monica Bielanko |

Sacha Baron Cohen films a scene for The Dictator in New York City.

Victory belongs to Sacha Baron Cohen.

After being banned for a split-second from attending the Academy Awards, the actor descended on the red carpet.  But not for long.

He hit the red carpet as The Dictator, headed straight for E!’s Ryan Seacrest and halfway through the interview he dumps an urn of ashes (allegedly containing fellow dictator Kim Jong Il) all over Seacrest’s fancy suit.

As the Huffington Post reports, many were not pleased with the ultimate decision to allow Sacha Baron Cohen to appear on the Academy Awards’ red carpet.

According to TheWrap, many in the AMPAS are still upset about Cohen’s planned red carpet stunt and don’t feel its appropriate. Still, officials want Cohen’s representatives and Paramount (the studio releasing “The Dictator”) to provide details of Cohen’s plans, so that proper security measures can be implemented.

“Do we have concerns?” said an Academy Awards source to TheWrap. “Yes. Did we say, ‘Please stunt the red carpet?’ No.”

Of course, whether Cohen even pulls off this stunt remains to be seen. After all, he might just show up as himself. “Only Sacha knows,” said the Academy source.

Well, he pulled off a stunt.  Is anyone surprised?

Seacrest had announced plans to interview The Dictator, so the fact that Baron Cohen showed up as the character from his latest movie should’ve come as no surprise.  But the moment Baron Cohen dumped the ashes on Seacrest, I have to say, the cool-as-a-cucumber TV personality looked pretty pissed.

What I’m thinking is Seacrest was, of course, aware that Baron Cohen might pull some sort of shenanigans, but, if you  watch closely, when he realizes his fancy-schmancy suit is soiled he looks angry… and then plays it off beautifully.

What do you think?  Was Seacrest notified of the plan or, in keeping with how Baron Cohen rolls, was the ash dumping a complete surprise?

As you probably know, Baron is the father of two sweet girls with adorable actress Isla Fisher.  5-year-old Olive and 2-year-old Elula.  I’m thinking coolest dad ever.

Image: Pacific Coast News

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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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