Sacha Baron Cohen called in to the 'Today' show this morning, in the guise of the character Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen 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 (videos below).
Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen said: “I have been very busy today. I actually delayed 30 executions to do this (interview).”
The dictator of the Republic of Wadiya went on to say that he was “outraged” over the Academy’s decision: “Normally I would be impressed by an act of cowardice by a faceless regime. 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?”