Never one to shy from doing stunt appearances in the media to promote his films, Sacha Baron Cohen stopped by the Weekend Update desk at "Saturday Night Live" last night in character as Admiral General Aladeen from the new comedy "The Dictator."
"Hello, Zionist Seth Meyers!" Baron Cohen greeted the anchor. "Good evening America, and death to the West!"
He then read glowing reviews of "The Dictator" from prominent critics A.O. Scott and Roger Ebert, although it seemed that Aladeen's regime may have coerced the reviews.
The audience got another surprise guest when legendary filmmaker Martin Scorcese, who previously directed Baron Cohen in "Hugo," appeared alongside Aladeen to say nice things about "The Dictator." "It was better than 'Raging Bull!'" he told Aladeen to the threat of electrical shock.
"You think this is torture? I had to sit through 'The Aviator,'" Aladeen told Scorsese, referring to the director's 2004 Howard Hughes biopic.
"The Dictator" will be released May 16, but Baron Cohen has been promoting the film heavily for the last few months, most memorably at the 84th Academy Awards, where he spilled "the ashes of Kim Jong Il" on Ryan Seacrest.
Baron Cohen had also appeared on "SNL" in character as Borat in 2007 to promote the smash hit mockumentary.