Feb. 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM ET
Sacha Baron Cohen not only was allowed to stride the red carpet in costume as Admiral General Aladeen, "The Dictator" from his upcoming movie, but he brought a fellow dictator along with him. Kind of. Clad in full dictator regalia, he was accompanied by two beautiful women in short-skirted "army" uniforms and red berets. And in his arms, he carried a cremation urn with an image of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
But those ashes didn't stay in the urn long. When Baron Cohen stepped over to talk to E! red-carpet host Ryan Seacrest, he dumped the "ashes" all over Seacrest's tux.
Before it happened, Seacrest asked Baron Cohen's "Dictator" character who he was wearing, and Baron Cohen replied, "I'm wearing John Galliano, but the socks are K-Mart." He then said he was thrilled to bring his "dear friend and tennis doubles partner Kim Jong-il to the Oscars."
He then tipped the urn as if to show Seacrest something and the urn spilled all over the host. As security led Baron Cohen away, he told Seacrest: "Now if somebody asks who you are wearing, you will say Kim Jong-il."
Seacrest did not appear pleased with the act as he brushed off his black tuxedo (see for yourself), although he allowed that he thought the "ashes" were really pancake mix, and told co-host Giuliana Rancic that "I had an idea something was coming, I didn't know in what fashion or form."
Others were more entertained by the joke though.
Tina Fey told the host, "You're a victim of comedy."
"I understand this is a dead body," said Antonio Banderas.
Seacrest seemed to take it in his stride later, however, tweeting "My mom always told me to pack two jackets for red carpets, always wondered why. Now I know."
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