Zany comic Sacha Baron Cohen has made an explosive entrance at the Cannes Film Festival.
Lounging on a luxury yacht and showering attention on George Clooney's bikini-clad ex Elisabetta Canalis, the actor unleashed his funniest stunt yet.
Married Sacha was of course in character as his latest creation, fictitious dictator Admiral General Aladeen.
He took the prank to extremes when he jokingly ordered Elisabetta's assassination after a row, and the stunning brunette was removed from the boat – in a body bag.
Yet more madness ensued once on dry land.
Colourfully dressed Sacha led a camel through frenzied hordes of photographers on his way to the Carlton Hotel.
For the finishing touch, the plush hotel had been decorated with huge images of his despot alter ego.