USMagazine, Sunday, February 26, 2012, 4:44pm (PST)
Dust to dust!
As promised, Sacha Baron Cohen walked the red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards in Los Angeles in character as the General, the despotic, titular character of his upcoming flick The Dictator. (The satiric provocateur, 40, was granted permission by the Academy to go in character on Friday following a rumored ban from the awards fest.)
The star took advantage of his big promotional moment while chatting with E!'s Ryan Seacrest during the pre-show red carpet -- spilling the alleged ashes of North Korea's late Kim Jong-il all over Seacrest's Burberry tux!
Joked Cohen as "The General": "I'm wearing John Galliano," he said of Galliano, the former Christian Dior designer ousted from the label after an anti-semitic rant. "The socks are from K-Mart...Saddam Hussein once said to me, socks are socks, don't waste money!"
Holding up a golden urn with the visage of Kim Jong-il (who passed away in December at age 69 after a long tyrannical rule), "The General" said of his Oscar moment, "It gave me an opportunity to bring my dear friend and partner, Kim Jong-il."