The Dictator is expected to be
released in May
British comedy actor Sacha Baron
Cohen has not been banned from attending Sunday's Academy Awards, according to
US reports suggested the Borat star had been told not to attend if he went
dressed as a character in his new film.
An Academy spokesman said Cohen was still welcome to attend the event, but it
was not "appropriate" to use the Oscars to plug new film The Dictator.
A Cohen spokesperson was unavailable for comment.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote a story on Tuesday suggesting the star, who has
been invited to the awards as a cast member of Oscar-nominated film Hugo, was
intending to go to the ceremony dressed as the protagonist in forthcoming film
Promotional pictures for the satirical comedy, about an autocrat "who risked
his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly
oppressed" show Cohen dressed in a white military uniform, with sunglasses and a
long dark beard.
"We don't think it's appropriate," an Academy spokesperson said. "But his
tickets haven't been pulled. We're waiting to hear back."
The Dictator is a loose adaptation of the novel Zabibah and the King, which
is believed have been written by the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
The film, which features Megan Fox, Anna Faris and John C Reilly, is
scheduled to be released in May.
In 2006, the actor turned up to
the Toronto Film Festival dressed as TV presenter Borat
It is not the first time the Ali G star has used industry events to promote
In 2006 the actor arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival dressed
as Borat, the main character from the hit comedy.
Three years later he went to the MTV Video Music Awards as Bruno, to promote
his movie of the same name.
During the show he was launched into the air wearing a harness and landed in
the lap of US rap star Eminem, who stormed out - although it was later reported
that the musician had been in on the act.
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