Sacha Baron Cohen has apparently been banned from the Oscars.
The Bruno and Borat star appears in Martin Scorsese‘s highly-nominated Hugo, playing Station Inspector Gustave. But his antics have seen him frozen out of Sunday’s (February 26) 84th Academy Awards.
According to Deadline, organisers are so concerned that Cohen will stir up trouble that they have pulled his tickets, demanding an assurance that he will not pull any stunts on the night.
Known for his filmic documentary pranks, Cohen is currently working on his new movie The Dictator, which sees him play an autocratic leader of fictional Middle eastern nation the Republic Of Wadiya, based on Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. It has been rumoured that Cohen was planning to arrive in character before changing into a tuxedo and attending the Oscars like normal.
Academy organizers have now denied the allegations, telling the Hollywood Reporter: “We haven’t banned him, we’re just waiting to hear what he’s going to do.”
Deadline are standing by their source, who said: “Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the red carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show.”
Hugo is nominated for 11 awards at the weekend’s ceremony.