Sacha Baron Cohen pours Korean dictator's 'ashes' on the red carpet
Sacha Baron Cohen is certainly no stranger to pulling off outrageous stunts at film ceremonies.
Back in 2006 he raised laughs by arriving at the Toronto International Film Festival as his character Borat on a carriage pulled by 'peasant women'.
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And for the Academy Awards he turned up as new character, The Dictator.
Arriving at the Hollywood and Highland centre, Sacha was like many of the glamorous guests wearing white – although his extravagant military uniform, designed he said by John Galliano, clashed somewhat with the couture gowns.
Flanked by two female assistants in skimpy khaki uniforms, he brandished an urn which he claimed contained the ashes of late North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-il.
"I love it here because it gives me an opportunity to bring my dear friend and doubles tennis partner, Kim Jong-il," he told interviewer Ryan Seacrest.
"It was his dream to come to the Oscars and to be sprinkled over the red carpet and over Halle Berry's chest."
He then proceeded to empty the contents over the stunned American television presenter.
As the comic genius was led away by security guards, he shouted: "If somebody asks you what you're wearing, you can say 'Kim Jong-il'!"