UPDATED: Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen has been banned from the Oscars. His tickets were pulled because Cohen's people would not guarantee that the actor would not show up to the red carpet dressed as his Dictator character from his upcoming film. This is pretty unprecedented considering Cohen is a member of the Academy and he stars in the most nominated film of the year, "Hugo."
The Red Carpet at the Oscars is a place for Hollywood's elite to show their glamorous fashion styles unless you're dressed as a Middle Eastern dictator.
Sacha Baron Cohen's newest movie is "The Dictator," where he is a despot of the fictional country of the Republic of Wadiya. Cohen is known for taking his roles very seriously. So seriously that he will remain as that character even when the cameras have turned off. For his movie "Borat," Cohen refused to break character during interviews and only spoke in a Kazakhstan accent. Then to promote his movie "Bruno," he crashed the MTV Movie Awards by flying through the air and strategically landing with his crotch in the face of Eminem. The stunt was later revealed to be a staged situation, but it caused quite the buzz for the movie. For "The Dictator" they have created a hilarious faux website for the fake country of the Republic of Wadiya.
With "The Dictator" set to release on May 11th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is fearful that come Sunday during the Oscars, Cohen will walk the Red Carpet as his character, "General Aladeen," a militant Middle Eastern dictator who hates the West. Deadline reports, "That proposal has been floated with the Academy, and I’m told that everyone involved in the ceremony is adamantly against it on the grounds that it makes a mockery of what Hollywood considers its most prestigious event."
In 2007, Cohen was asked to be a presenter, but he would only agree if he could do it as "Borat," but the Academy declined. The Red Carpet wouldn't be hurt if there was some comedy on it instead of the usual nonsense of reporters asking actresses, "Who are you wearing?"