Ok, so maybe not literally, but one would have to admit that Sacha Baron Cohen pulled off one heck of a prank at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards.
The Awards show will be airing tonight on BBC America; however, they released one of the most epic previews for the Awards show earlier this afternoon.
Sacha Baron Cohen is being honored with the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles during the 2013 Britannia Awards. To present the award, Salma Hayek comes to the stage with Grace Coddington, the oldest living actress to have performed with Charlie Chaplin, who starred with Chaplin in City Lights in 1931.
Everything started out as your typical awards show. Salma Hayek gave him a gleaming introduction which highlighted his dedication to his roles, and his ability to create a character that is so believable, while still making us roll around on the floor laughing.
After her glowing introduction, Sacha finally takes the stage.
He is then greeted by Coddington, who presents him with what is supposed to be the exact cane that Chaplin used while filming City Lights.
He takes her generous offering and proceeds to imitate Chaplin’s famous waddle around the stage. The crowd laughs at his fairly decent attempt to imitate Chaplin.
He finishes it with Chaplin’s famous leaning pose. This is where everything starts to go wrong.
Almost immediately after he leans on the cane, you hear a very loud snapping noise, and Cohen goes crashing to the stage floor. Unfortunately, he lands right on Grace, whose wheelchair goes speeding off of the stage, and she goes flying, face first, into the floor.
The same onlookers who were laughing just a minute ago are now gasping in terror.
Cohen jumps off of the stage to make sure that she is ok before returning to the podium to accept his award.
Finally, the crowd realized that they were just had, and a made a part of another fantastic prank at the hands of Sacha Baron Cohen.
Grace Collington is the oldest, sorry, was the oldest,” Cohen said. “I dedicate my award to her. It’s obviously a tragedy, but on the bright side what a great way to go. She’ll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam section…Anyway tonight is not about her, it’s about me.”
Here is a look at the clip from the show.
This is exactly the kind of immersive comedy that the over the top comedian is being praised for. At the same time, would you expect anything less from the man who brought Borat and Ali-G to life?