First Look: Sacha Baron Cohen as 'The Dictator' Official Promo Photo

June 9, 2011
Source: HuffPost

The Dictator

The newest cinematic creation from the genius comedy mind of Sacha Baron Cohen is a film called The Dictator. Instead of bringing back another one of his Ali G characters, this latest creation is mocking the dictatorships of the world as it features Cohen in the "heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Word is this "goat herder" comes and gets lost in America, which makes sense as another Borat-like kind of plot. Earlier this week, a terrible set photo hit the web, but now The Huffington Post has revealed the first official photo and… damn!

Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator

That's a hell of a beard! The Dictator is again being helmed Larry Charles, director of Borat and Bruno, as well as Religulous and episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Paramount has this comedy set for release on May 11th, 2012 next summer, so we've got a while, but this is a rather unforgettable first tease. The cast for The Dictator also includes Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley, but we have no idea how they're going to fit in this. Apparently, Saddam Hussein's best-selling novel Zabibah and the King inspired this story about a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

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  • Anonymous
    I see he wanted to use the Ali G. glasses again
  • Big Boss
    Another "Copy and Paste" plot. We get it, Sacha. You come over the USA and show everyone your wang. NEXT
    • guest
      if you have not seen how brilliant Sacha Baron Cohen with his last three films, then you are the very person that a good portion of America is laughing at when they watch a Sacha Baron Cohen film.
  • nick
    haha if you turn his face upside down it would almost look the same right-side up
  • Hallospaceboy
    Fear the Beard.
  • I love how military loonies have so many of those little badges. One for every town they gassed or something. Military dictators are a bit like highly paid actors, no-one every tells them their a c()nt so they get more and more eccentric, which can sometimes be cool in the case of┬áKim Jong-Il with his little girlie shoes, but not in the case of say Gibson. I like Cohen, the dude is super funny, hopefully this'll be good.
  • ate123
    This had promise but this just really looks like another rehash of Borat. Pass.
  • He tries way too hard.
  • Anonymous
    The hair and beard look way too cheap and takes away from the character. How can you put any faith in a movie where the main character, an "all powerfull" dictator no less, has the crappy wig and strap on beard you can get at Party City for $10. What made Borat such a fantastic character, and great movie, was how believably sincere and naive Sasha Baron Cohen made Borat. It wasn't just some cheesy comedy bit stretched to 90mins, it was a real character in a real situations, and rode that fine line between absurdity and authenticity. Borat legitimately owns a spot in cinema history, along side Forrest Gump and The Big Lebowski. This poster, however; looks to put The Dictator in the same category as Bruno and Ali G. A decent attempt, and sometimes funny movie at best.
  • I'm enjoying the comments a bit too much and for the wrong reasons. I love how everyone seems to have watched this movie based on how extensive your arguments against this unreleased film have been. Are you all honestly overlooking the fact that perhaps this movie may be completely different to what you've seen? I'd understand this reaction from a disappointing trailer. But a poster? Come on.
  • Shanus
    Bring it on! Been hanging out for another dose of "no holds barred" comedy!
  • Fred
    I like Cohen. Howled at Bruno. BUT I think the line about the Empire State Building being taken down by him or his cousins is too soon, in poor taste and not funny. Surprised that Paramount and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who says the line, agreed to it!




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