Sacha Baron Cohen Dumps Ashes on Ryan Seacrest: VIDEO

sacha baron cohen and ryan seacrest

Sacha Baron Cohen showed up on the Oscars red carpet dressed as General Aladeen from his upcoming film The Dictator.  He accessorized his costume with a tall gold urn.

The actor and his entourage paused to speak with E! News host Ryan Seacrest.  During their brief exchange Cohen lost his balance and poured the contents of the urn all over the jacket of the American Idol host.  He later suggested that the ashes were those of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il but the powder turned out to be pancake mix.

sacha baron cohen spills ashes on ryan seacrest

Security quickly came to the rescue and moved Sacha along, leaving Ryan stunned and trying to clean himself up.  This feels like the type of stunt that Seacrest would knowingly go along with for the shock value.

Tina Fey was the next guest to arrive for a Seacrest soundbite and she congratulated him for keeping his cool.

ryan seacrest ashes

Ryan later tweeted, "My mom always told me to pack two jackets for red carpets, always wondered why. Now I know."

Watch Sasha dumping ashes in the video below.  Was Seacrest an unsuspecting victim or part of an orchestrated plot to generate some post-Oscar buzz?

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