Sacha Baron Cohen posts video response to Oscars controversy (+video)(Read article summary)
Sacha Baron Cohen, posing as Admiral General Aladeen, says he wants his Oscar tickets back; Academy president says Sacha Baron Cohen has them.
Republic of Wadiya/YouTube screenshot
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has released a video in character as his â€śDictatorâ€ť persona Admiral General Aladeen, saying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has until noon on Sunday to give him his Oscar tickets back. Following rumors he planned to walk the red carpet in character as Aladeen, there were some reports that the Academy had banned Cohen from the ceremony Sunday evening.
â€śWe want him to come to the show,â€ť he said in an interview. â€śBut we would like him to come as Sacha.â€ť
Sherak did not say in the interview with The Wrap if any action would take place if Cohen arrived in costume as Aladeen.
Cohenâ€™s minute-and-a-half-long video, beginning with a line of text stating it was produced by the Republic of Wadiya Media (the fictional country ruled by Aladeen) and instructions to â€śPlease Stand,â€ť was filmed with Cohen sitting on a throne. Two actors playing guards held guns and stood at attention behind him, with portraits of Aladeen on the back wall.
Cohen delivered the video in his Aladeen accent of rolling Rs, beginning his speech with, â€śGood morning, great Satan of Americaâ€ť and adding a polite, â€śHow are you? I am fine, thank you.â€ť
Cohen continued, â€śI am outraged at being banned from the Oscarsâ€¦ while I applaud the Academy for taking away my right to free speech, I warn you that if you do not lift your sanctionsâ€¦ you will face unimaginable consequences.â€ť
The actor also made jokes about romantic comedies like â€śYouâ€™ve Got Mailâ€ť and added that he had hired Hilary Swank as his date.
Cohen smiled at the end of the video. â€śGood luck, Billy Crystals,â€ť he said. â€śFantastic.â€ť
Check out the video below: