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Michael Moore: 'I Want Castro at the Oscars'

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Feb 21, 2008 | 6:43am EST

Sicko director Michael Moore wants Fidel Castro to be his special guest at the Oscars on Sunday--insisting he would be a great "ratings grabber."

Moore's Oscar-nominated documentary on the healthcare industry was partly shot in Cuba--so he wants the former politician to attend the ceremony to honor the country.

Castro announced his retirement as president last week, ending half a century of autocratic rule.

Moore says, "I got some great news today because I was trying to figure out how I was going to get Castro into the Oscars, and for me he resigns today so he can come to L.A. and go as my guest and perhaps give the acceptance speech.

"As long as he keeps it under five hours. I'm telling you, that's got to be a ratings grabber. Can you imagine him, showing up? If I could talk to (Oscars

Producer) Gil Cates and maybe get Castro in a dance number at the beginning of the show? Great."

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