Sacha Baron Cohen called in to the “Today” show this morning (Feb. 24) to talk about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences banning him from the Oscars this Sunday thanks to his planned red carpet stunt, but with a twist — he called in as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, Dictator of the Republic of Wadiya, his character from the upcoming film “The Dictator.”
“Normally I would be impressed by an act of cowardice by a faceless regime, but this is personal,” he tells his interviewers. “I have issued them an ultimatum: they have until midday on Sunday to give me my tickets back. If they do not, they will see and face unforeseen and unimaginable consequences.”
And what, exactly, would those consequences be? “Let’s just say oil prices might be raised.”
Ever the troublemaker, Cohen-as-Aladeen then asks the “Today” gang, “By the way, how is your eunuch, Al Roker?”
Cohen also discussed his new movie — “It is the story of a great and benevolent leader who fights to stop democracy from ruining the lives of his people” — and what all the medals on his uniform mean. They’re “for great acts of bravery and for impregnating over 13,000 women,” in case you were wondering. Check out the whole segment above.