Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen lived out his threat to arrive at the Oscars in character as The Dictator - and he dropped fake ashes all over the red carpet.
The comic turned up at the Academy Awards on Sunday as Admiral Aladeen, the leader of fictional country Wadiya, flanked by two busty beret-wearing, flower-wielding female soldiers.
Dressed all in white and wearing sunglasses and a bushy beard, Cohen's alter-ego carried an urn containing what he claimed were the remains of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as he chatted to the media, refusing to come out of character.
Talking about the contents of his gold jar, he joked, "It was his dream to come to the Oscars and to be sprinkled over the red carpet and over Halle Berry's chest."
Cohen caused a commotion just minutes after arriving, when he tipped the urn's ashes all over E!'s Live From The Red Carpet host Ryan Seacrest.
Bogus security guards pretended to escort him away as a bemused Seacrest told TV viewers, "Part of me thought he would be up to something... I had an idea something was coming."
Co-host Kelly Osbourne thought the moment was hilarious, stating, "Unbelievable... That was probably the most priceless moment on TV that I've shared with you ever."
Cohen, who was invited to the Oscars as part of the posse supporting Martin Scorsese's Hugo, had initially irked Oscars bosses when he announced his plans to promote his new film in character on the red carpet - but they agreed to let him continue with his plans after getting the lowdown on what he had in mind.