Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' Responds to Oscar Controversy
We only just recently learned that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might have an issue with Sacha Baron Cohen, part of the much praised and nominated film Hugo, showing up at the Academy Awards this Sunday as General Aladeen from his forthcoming comedy The Dictator. Well, The Wrap now says that Cohen has received his tickets to the ceremony, so he has not been banned. However, to keep stirring the pot, General Aladeen, who is not allowed at the ceremony, appeared on "The Today Show" with Matt Lauer's cleaning lady, Ann Curry, and the eunuch Al Roker with a reaction to his banning. Watch!
Here's Sacha Baron Cohen as General Aladeen on "The Today Show" via The Wrap:
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. Paramount will be bringing The Dictator to theaters everywhere starting May 11th this coming summer.