By Lauren Vinopal, Hollywood Staff
Sacha Baron Cohen has joined the ranks of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, not as a leading man, but as a practical joker. Taking the stage this past Saturday to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award, Cohen appeared alongside the "oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie." Cohen fell, pushing the actress and stuntwoman into the crowd in a wheelchair. After dedicating his award to her, he hilariously said a few words to her family. Do not try to sue me. If you decide to get the lawyers involved, I will take you down just like I did your granny.
One of the best public pranks to date, Cohen's stunt helped him reclaim publicity for his upcoming film The Lesbian. The risky joke landed, because he is a skilled comedian who knows how to take a joke the farthest without going over the edge. With a tradition of practical jokes in Hollywood, history has shown a code of conduct among celebrity pranksters. The secret to success is breaking the rules while following them.