“General Aladeen,” the fictional Middle Eastern ruler who Sacha Baron Cohen plays in his upcoming film “The Dictator,” angrily spoke 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 speaking in the voice and character of dicatotor Aladeen, the ruler of the fictional nation of Wadiya, blasts the “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists,” while preaching that he’s “outraged” at the ticket snub, and warns there will be “unimaginable consequences” if the Academy didn’t “lift its sanctions” and give him his tickets back.
Adding, “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 outrageously and hilariously yelled, “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.
Well, luckily for the Academy and for Cohen, the Academy has agreed that he can attend the show, with restrictions on his costume and dress, so to speak! Stay tuned on Sunday night to see what Highlight Hollywood reports from Hollywood and Highland’s famed red carpet!
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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