Well, that’s one way to turn heads on the red carpet.
When Sacha Baron Cohen made his much-anticipated arrival on the red carpet Sunday night outside Los Angeles’s Hollywood and Highland Center for the 84th annual Academy Awards, the Dictator star carried an unexpected accessory: a prop urn filled, tongue-in-cheek, with what he said were the ashes of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who died last December.
Always up for antics, Cohen, fully costumed in a militia coat as Admiral General Aladeen, dumped the urn on E! host Ryan Seacrest, who later described the powder inside as pancake batter.
“When someone asks you who you are wearing, you can say Kim Jong-il,” Cohen deadpanned to Seacrest.
But Seacrest didn’t seem to take the fashion addition very well. “Do you think that I’m lucky? Is this the vision of luck?” he fired back to co-host Giuliana Rancic when she got excited about the red carpet moment.
Later, though, the E! host seemed to find some humor in the situation, Tweeting, “My mom always told me to pack two jackets for red carpets, always wondered why. Now I know.”
Meanwhile, Cohen had another bit of style advice. “Saddam Hussein once said to me, ‘Socks are socks,’ ” Cohen said of his Kmart footwear. “Don’t waste money.”
Seacrest maintained good spirits throughout and later joked to Tina Fey, “I’m a little dusty.”