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Ryan Seacrest ‘royally pissed’ about getting punked by Sacha Baron Cohen

Updated: February 27, 2012 8:51AM



Ryan Seacrest put on a brave face as Sacha Baron Cohen dumped an urn full of pancake mix on his tuxedo, but my sources say his immediate reaction was major anger.

Cohen, in character as the despot he plays in the upcoming “The Dictator,” pretended to fumble the urn he said contained the ashes of late North Korean strongman Kim Jong-il — all over Seacrest.

“He’s quick on his feet, and he knew he was live — but he was royally pissed off. ... Within seconds everyone was screaming, ‘This is going viral!!,’ ” an E! source said, “and Ryan realized that red carpet moment was going to be seen all over the world, almost instantly.

“Plus, he also realized he would be in every major newspaper tomorrow.”

On the air, Seacrest muttered, “I had an idea something was coming, but I had no idea.”

In character, Cohen said his military outfit was accented by “socks from Kmart. … As Saddam Hussein told me, ‘Socks are socks, don’t waste money.’ ”

Cohen’s setup for dumping the “ashes” was that the North Korean leader’s “dream was always to attend the Oscars, so I decided to come here and sprinkle his ashes over the carpet and over Halle Berry’s chest.”

SHOES VIA PLAINFIELD: Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy got a bit weepy on the red carpet — happy weepy — sharing a story about her shoes and handbag, “made for me by my longtime friend Brian Atwood.”

The noted accessories designer and McCarthy have been chums since high school — back when both planned careers in fashion. Atwood sent along a note attached to the bottom of the shoes, addressed to “my best friend, Melissa McCarthy.”

“I read it and I just started crying … and now I’m doing it again,” said McCarthy, laughing and wiping away a couple of tears.

McCarthy also said that she will soon launch her own clothing line. “After all, that’s what I studied in college. It’s been a little delayed — for obvious reasons,” the actress said with a chuckle.

◆ While getting prepped earlier Sunday, McCarthy joked with her stylist about her infamous “Bridesmaids” scene on the bathroom sink. “You know what?” she quipped. “I’m just shocked that I haven’t been approached by Kohler or some other plumbing company to be the spokeswoman for their line of toilets.”

CURVE BALL: Sometimes live TV can lead to a surprise or twenty. Apparently, Seacrest was under the impression Milla Jovovich was going to give him some scoop on her next “Resident Evil” flick — “Resident Evil: Retribution,” again directed by her husband, Paul W. S. Anderson.

When asked about the film, Jovovich only said, “I’m in it. It will be exciting.”

Wow, good to know.

Needless to say, that interview ended quickly.

LOCKING LIPS: “Bridesmaids” star Ellie Kemper revealed her biggest trepidation when filming the hit movie. “It was knowing that I would have to kiss [co-star] Wendy [McLendon-Covey] because believe it or not I had never before kissed a girl.”

How did it go?

“Fine,” said Kemper, “but I worried about it a lot, figuring Wendy would give me a total critique and lots of feedback on how I did. You’d never get that from a guy — they’d just go for it and want to move on to you-know-what!”

HAPPY IT’S OVER: After basically spending the awards season as a nominee — but an also-ran when the actual awards were handed out — “The Artist” star Berenice Bejo looked clearly relieved that “this is the last one.” The French actress did admit “this is very special, both because it’s the last one and the most important. It’s that sense it’s like the first [awards show], but I’m very glad this is not finished tonight.”

I’M NOT ANGRY: Jessica Chastain set out to be the one nominee who spent the smallest amount of time Sunday at the Academy Awards. Directly after her category was announced she planned to bolt for the door — not because she’s miffed (she actually has been a big booster of the front-runner, her “The Help” co-star Octavia Spencer) — it’s just she has to hop a private jet for India.

Chastain is slated to immediately go into production on the controversial and very secretive film that Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow is making about the killing of Osama bin Laden — being written by Mark Boal, Bigelow’s partner in both life and work, who also won Oscars with Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker.”

LOO WHO? One of the more, uh, revealing moments on the red carpet Sunday was expressed by Judd Apatow’s wife, actress Leslie Mann, who often stars in her husband’s films, like “Knocked Up.”

Asked about her form-fitting blue sequined gown, Mann revealed “this dress is SO tight, I really don’t think I’ll be able to go to the bathroom.”

That led E!’s Ryan Seacrest to say, “Well, the good news, there’s no ladies room on the red carpet.”



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