Sacha Baron Cohen Jokes About Oscars Race Controversy at 'The Brothers Grimsby' U.K. Premiere

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The comedian joked that the #OscarsSoWhite storm helped inform casting decisions on his latest film.

Sacha Baron Cohen joked about the racism controversy engulfing this year's Oscars at the U.K. premiere of The Brothers Grimsby, suggesting the issue informed casting decisions on his comedy spy film. 

Dressed in James Bondesque roll-neck and gun holster matched with the underpants and flip flops more associated with his Nobby Grimsby character, Cohen spoke to the crowd in London's Leicester Square, joking that "there’s no chance Grimsby will get any Oscars this year. That is why we decided to cast two black actors."

The Brothers Grimsby, known simply as Grimsby in the U.K., co-stars Supergirl's David Harewood and Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe as a love interest. The film also stars Mark Strong and Penelope Cruz and is directed by Louis Leterrier

The Brothers Grimsby hits U.S. theaters on March 11.