You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G, Borat, Brüno) was scheduled to be an Oscar presenter, until he was abruptly pulled out of the line-up last week. Now Vulture has an exclusive on what happened. Simply put, Cohen’s game was totally changed by the game changer of game changers, James “game changer” Cameron. Have you guys heard Avatar was a game changer? A few media outlets have mentioned that.
Baron Cohen planned to appear onstage as a blue-skinned, female Na’vi, with [Ben] Stiller translating “her” interplanetary speech. As the skit went on, though, it would become clear that Stiller wasn’t translating properly, because Cohen would grow ever more upset. At its climax, an infuriated Baron Cohen would pull open “her” evening gown to reveal that s/he was pregnant, knocked up with Cameron’s love child, and would go on to confront her baby daddy as if s/he were on Jerry Springer.
[...] “Let’s just say that Cameron isn’t known to be, shall we say, ‘self-deprecating,’” explained one insider familiar with the decision to cut the sketch. [Vulture]
They were worried Cameron might walk out of the live telecast if Cohen were allowed to go through with the sketch, so they cited the catch-all “creative differences” and told him to stay in London. Then again, that above sketch would have only made me laugh if they replaced Ben Stiller with Maury Povich. I can’t get enough Povich, and here’s one reason why: