Don't mess with the Dictator: Elisabetta Canalis is dumped overboard in a body bag after champagne cruise with Sacha Baron Cohen turns disastrously wrong
Happily, it's just the latest wacky publicity stunt
15:30 GMT, 16 May 2012
She's had her fair share of famous boyfriends, first dating George Clooney and most recently linked to Jackass' Steve-O.
But Elisabetta Canalis today showed that she quite likes a bad boy as she took part in a hilarious stunt with Sacha Baron Cohen's Dictactor for the Cannes Film Festival.
The 33-year-old Italian model showed off her bikini body in a hot pink two-piece as she flirted with Cohen, who was in full character as General Aladeen.
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New man: Elisabetta Canalis was seen being romanced by Sacha Baron Cohen's General Aladeen in a stunt during the Cannes Film Festival today
Sexy time: Cohen was seen checking out his new squeeze, before posing up for a photo with her
Showing off their moves: The pair enjoyed an energetic dance on the deck of the boat
Have some of this! Cohen was also seen pouring champagne all over Elisabetta's body
The pair laughed together, enjoying several glasses of champagne on the top deck of a luxurious yacht, with Cohen even treating Canalis to a seductive massage at one point.
And it seemed as though Canalis was enjoying her time with the Dictator, particularly when Cohen pulled aside his swimming trunks to show her what was inside.
But the courtship wasn't like any other romance, as after a short period, Cohen was seen getting tired of his new toy – dragging Canalis along the deck by her feet.
What have you got in there The pair joked about the size of the Dictator's manhood, before he allowed her a peek under his trunks
Nice cheeks! Canalis takes her role very seriously as she puts suncream on Cohen's bottom
Sun safe: Elisabetta did her best to ensure that Cohen was sufficiently covered in suncream
Returning the favour: And Cohen also slathered suncream all over Elisabetta's taut stomach
In a hilarious sequence of pictures, Canalis is seen being taken below deck, before one of Aladeen's advisors, armed with a machine gun, makes an appearance with what appears to be a black body back.
With a little help from his right hand man, Cohen's Aladeen then picked up the body bag, before throwing it over the side of the boat and into the sea.
Careful! But Elisabetta gave as good as she got as she fought back against the Dictator
No! Elisabetta attempts to push Cohen away as the threat of her demise becomes increasingly obvious
Time to go: As things got a bit too heated, Canalis was seen trying to get off the ship
The stunt is the latest in a series of pranks that Cohen has been completing in a bid to promote his latest comedy movie.
Earlier in the day, Cohen was seen brandishing a machine gun as he stood on the helm of a stunning boat as it pulled into the dock outside the lavish Eden Roc hotel.
I've had enough of you: As Cohen tires of his ladyfriend, he attempts to drag her off by her feet
Distasteful: After apparently succeeding in 'killing' Canalis, the Dictator and his right hand man throw her overboard
Machine guns, champagne and diplomatic swimming gear… Sacha Baron Cohen's Dictator causes a splash as he arrives in Cannes
All fired up: Cohen brandished a machine gun as he stood on the helm of the boat
As he has been promoting his new movie The Dictator, Cohen has rarely been out of character for the various interviews, press conferences and premieres he has been attending.
And Cannes is no different. Cohen was later seen arriving at the city's historic Carlton Hotel, which had been decked out in full Republic of Wadiya regalia, on the back of a camel.
Toned: Cohen flashed his flat stomach in a pair of cream swimming trunks and diplomatic shirt
Hello, Cannes! Cohen looked in great spirits as his boat docked outside the Eden Roc hotel
Enjoying the sunshine: Cohen is expected to pull a few stunts out of the bag to promote The Dictator
The actor wore a polo-style outfit and carried a riding crop as he made his way inside the hotel, flanked by two women carrying machine guns and dressed in sexy khaki outfits.
It is believed that Cohen is planning a stunt on the same scale as his Oscars prank, when he poured 'Kim Jong-il's ashes' over Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet, in Cannes to promote his film.
Grand entrance: Later this morning, Cohen was seen making his way into the Carlton Hotel for a press conference for the movie
Elegant dismount: In typical hilarious form, Cohen made his way off the camel and into the hotel
In the movie, Cohen plays the Colonel Gaddafi-type leader who is a military dictator of the fictitious North African Republic of Wadia who hates freedom.
The film also stars Anna Faris as an organic grocery store owner and part-time political activist.
And Faris said in a recent interview that acting alongside Cohen was certainly a unique experience.
Colourful: The historic Carlton Hotel had been decked out in full Republic of Wadiya regalia for the occasion
Nice security guards! Cohen was flanked by two pretty women carrying machine guns and looking sexy in khaki
She said: 'He stays in character throughout the whole movie. And he’s revelled in making people uncomfortable.'
Faris added: 'I think that we really take pushing the envelope to a new level,” Faris said. “I don’t think there’s going to be anything like this the whole summer.'
As well as the press conference for The Dictator, the opening day of the 12-day Cannes Film Festival will see the premiere of Wes Anderson's child fantasy Moonrise Kingdom, which stars Bruce Willis and Bill Murray.
The Dictator hits UK cinemas today.
She's ok! But rest assured, Elisabetta was safe and sound after the stunt and was seen relaxing at the Eden Rock Hotel
Peachy: Elisabetta showed off her enviable curves in the pink two-piece
Now watch the trailer…