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Sacha Baron Cohen responds to Oscar threat to bar his 'Dictator' character

UPDATE: Sacha Baron Cohen “will be part of the show,” says Oscars producer Brian Grazer: Report

ORIGINAL POST: Sacha Baron Cohen called in to the Today show this morning, in the guise of the character from his upcoming film, The Dictator, and responded to the Academy Awards’ threat to ban him from Sunday night’s ceremony if he appeared in character. “I have been very busy today,” said Admiral General Aladeen. “I actually delayed 30 executions to do this (interview).” The bombastic dictator of the Republic of Wadiya went on to tell NBC’s Carl Quintanilla and Ann Curry that he was “outraged” over the Academy’s decision. “Normally I would be impressed by an act of cowardice by a faceless regime,” he said. “But this is personal. 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. By the way, how is your family? … How is your eunuch Al Roker?”

Watch the Today Show clip and the Admiral General’s official video response below:

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