Sacha Baron Cohen pulled an amusing prank at an award show this weekend.
Sacha was being presented with the “Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy” at the BAFTA L.A. Britannia Awards on Saturday.
When he came onstage, he accepted a Charlie Chaplin cane from an elderly woman in a wheelchair, who was introduced as 87-year-old Grace Collington . . . the oldest living actor who had worked with Chaplin.
She claimed it was a cane that Chaplin used in his movie, “City Lights”.
Sacha took it, and imitated Chaplin’s funny walk. Then, he leaned on the cane . . . but it SNAPPED. That caused him to fall into the woman, and sent her wheelchair flying off the stage . . . where she did a face-plant on the ground below.
The audience was horrified . . . before they figured out it was a joke.
Sacha said, quote, “Grace Collington is the oldest, sorry, WAS the oldest . . . 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.”
By the way, Grace Collington is a made up person . . . so we’re assuming the woman in the wheelchair was a stuntwoman, although that isn’t completely clear.