As Borat would say, it isn’t very ‘nice’ to push an old lady off a stage, but that’s exactly what Sacha Baron Cohen did during Nov. 9’s Britannia Awards — a prank that left everyone talking.
Sacha Baron Cohen, 42, has always been famous for his willingness to do literally anything for a laugh. But when the prankster took the stage to accept the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award on Nov. 9, no one could have expected what came next. Read below to find out what he did!
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Crazy Stunt
Sacha attended the Britannia Awards to accept the prestigious Charlie Chaplin Award for comedy, so everyone knew to expect a joke or two when the Borat funnyman hit the stage. But when presenter Salma Hayek introduced Grace Cullington, the “oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie,” it looked like the whole thing was about to turn sentimental, fast.
Shame on us for thinking that Sacha would ever let a sentimental speech fly. As we quickly learned, he’d rather let an octogenarian fly — off the stage, that is. Sacha danced a little jig with a Chaplin-esque cane, then “mistakenly” ran into Grace’s wheelchair, which promptly fell off the stage.
Sacha’s Outrageous Speech: ‘I Will Take You Down’
Luckily for the stunned audience, it quickly became clear that the whole thing was an elaborate joke. Sacha’s speech made light of the situation, as he threatened anyone who might decide to sue.
“Grace Cullington is the oldest — no, sorry, was the oldest-surviving [Chaplin co-star],” Cohen said, as the audience pieced together what was happening. “I dedicate my award to her. This is obviously a tragedy. She has upstaged me. But on the bright side, what a great way to go, giving an award to me.”
“I’d like to say a few words her family,” he continued. “Do not try to sue me. If you decide to get the lawyers involved, I will take you down just like I did your granny. The cane that woman forced on me was clearly defective and I’ve got lots of witnesses.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did Sacha’s joke work, or did the whole thing fall flatter than Grace?
— Shaunna Murphy