Sacha Baron Cohen made a big reveal that his Ali G character was actually banned from the 2016 Academy Awards, but he sneakily brought the costume in!
“The truth is we actually had to sneak it in because the Oscars sat me down before and said they didn’t want me to do anything out of order,” the 44-year-old actor told ITV about his Ali G bit. “They wanted me to actually present it as myself. But luckily [wife Isla Fisher] put on the Ali G beard in the disabled toilets so we managed to get away with it.”
“I mean there were a few moments I was a bit worried how they’d react to the first gag, but I bumped into Chris Rock actually on the way on and pitched him the gag and he gave me the thumbs up so I went for it,” Sacha continued.
During the bit, Sacha said, “‘Ow come there’s no Oscar for dem very hard-working little yellow people with tiny d***s. You know, the Minions.”