updated 02/27/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/26/2012 AT 7:25 PM ET
Well, that’s one way to turn heads on the red carpet.
When Sacha Baron Cohen made his much-anticipated arrival on the red carpet Sunday night outside Los Angeles’s Hollywood and Highland Center for the 84th annual Academy Awards, the Dictator star carried an unexpected accessory: a prop urn filled, tongue-in-cheek, with what he said were the ashes of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who died last December.
Always up for antics, Cohen, fully costumed in a militia coat as Admiral General Aladeen, dumped the urn on E! host Ryan Seacrest, who later described the powder inside as pancake batter.
“When someone asks you who you are wearing, you can say Kim Jong-il,” Cohen deadpanned to Seacrest.