Sacha Baron Cohen claims he has been being banned from the Oscars because the organisers were scared of what craziness he’d bring along.
Past incarnations of the Cohen kind have included a very camp Austrian presenter with a passion for talking about sex (Bruno) and a homophobic, racist, sexist, wearer of luminous green mankinis (Borat).
The Academy, which doesn’t allow any film promotion on the red carpet, were apparently less than impressed with Sacha’s plan to arrive dressed as his latest character The Dictactor, who looks like a cross between Saddam Hussein and Col Gaddafi.
"We would hope that every studio knows that this is a bad idea. The Red Carpet is not about stunting,” said a spokesman for the Oscars.
Sacha, who appears in Martin Scorsese's movie Hugo, has released a video broadcast in which he threatens the Academy with “unimaginable consequences” if they don’t let him in.
Sitting on a gilded chair with two security guards standing behind him, he says: “On behalf of the nation of Wadiya, I am outraged at being banned from the Oscars by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Zionists.
“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 12pm on Sunday, you will face unimaginable consequences.”