Sacha Baron Cohen is welcome to attend the Oscars. As long as he doesn’t show up wearing a banana hammock.
The Academy says that the actor is a welcome guest but they don’t want him in character. Specifically, they don’t want him portraying General Aladeen, the character from his latest comedy, ‘The Dictator.’
In response, General Aladeen released a video telling the Academy they have only a few days to hand over his ticket.
“I am OUTRAGED at being banned from The Oscars by the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Zionists.”
Baron Cohen/Aladeen continues:
"While I applaud the academy for taking away my right to free speech ... I warn you that if you do not lift your sanctions and give me my tickets back by 12 PM on Sunday, you will face unimaginable consequences!"
"Sacha is definitely upset that he’s not being allowed to attend the event as the General," a source tells Us Weekly. "In his mind, this is the kind of stuff that the Oscars needs!"
In the video, Aladeen says: “Whatever happens, I still plan to attend Brett Ratner’s after party....Death to the West! Death to Americas!...and good luck Billy Crystals. Fantastic!”
"He loved doing bits on other award shows, but messing with the Oscars was definitely going to be a welcome addition to his collection of pranks,” the source continued.
The source adds that no one was supposed to know about The General's appearance on Sunday in the first place. "He wanted it to be a surprise and to keep everyone aloof, which he enjoys, but the media went and messed with his fun. He's bummed about the whole situation."