24 February 2012
Organisers of the Oscars in Hollywood have made it clear that British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen will not be welcome at the annual awards ceremony this weekend if he comes dressed as the character from his new movie. The Borat and Ali-G star plays a Middle-Eastern dictator.
Click to hear the report
There will be no Middle Eastern dictators walking the red carpet in Hollywood for this year's Oscars - even if they're fictional or Academy members.
The organisers of the biggest movie awards ceremony of the year insisted they hadn't banned British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen from coming to the event, but the notoriously conservative organisation has made it clear they don't want him dressing up in a long beard and white military uniform adorned with medals.
A spokeswoman said: "We have suggested that a red carpet is not the place for a promotional stunt for a movie." He is due to attend with the Oscar-nominated cast of the film Hugo.
Having been stopped from presenting at the Oscars as Borat, and after previous stunts in character at awards ceremonies, the Academy is perhaps right to be wary.
The Sacha Baron Cohen film is called The Dictator, where he plays a Middle Eastern-style leader who, in the publicity "risks his life to ensure democracy doesn't come to the country he's lovingly oppressed".
Click to hear the vocabulary
leaders who have total power over a country
not real, invented
famous for something bad
- dressing up
putting on a disguise
- promotional stunt
something done in order to advertise
actors in a film or play
preveneted from having freedom