Ben Kingsley is Also Set to Join Sacha Baron Cohen in 'The Dictator'

April 29, 2011
Source: Variety

Ben Kingsley

Just recently we learned that Anna Faris, Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs were in the running to snag the female lead in The Dictator, a new comedy from Borat collaborators Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles. In addition, TV actor Jason Mantzoukas ("The League") was also in talks to play a character alongside Cohen. It turns out his character is one of two Middle Eastern characters who somehow factor into the story about a heroic dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy never comes to the country he so lovingly oppressed. Variety now reports that Ben Kingsley will play the other foreigner. Awesome!

In the film, Cohen is supposed to play both the titular leader and a goat herder, but it's not clear how the two characters will interact within the story. Either way, it should be quite an interesting comedy full of satire since it's said to be inspired by Saddam Hussein's best-selling novel Zabibah and the King. Kingsley addition to the cast is certainly in interesting one, but not necessarily surprising since the actor just finished working with Cohen on Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Hugo Cabret. I'd like to know more about the story, but I'm certainly intrigued so far. We'll be sure to keep you guys updated on this. Sound good?

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I hope this is a modern day "Great Dictator"

Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011


wow cool!

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


wow cool!

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


Democracy is the opiate of the masses, sold by the corrupt to con you into voluntarily slavery.

Michael P. Shipley on Apr 30, 2011


There are literally so many levels of irony to this post that the mind boggles. First off, posting anti-government statements on the internet using your facebook, in any non-democratic nation? have fun with that. Second, "voluntarily slavery". Grammatical errors aside, wouldn't watching films produced by hollywood, and enjoying such diverse media as cliff richard and everybody loves raymond automatically enslave you? Because entertainment and government interests are basically hand in hand (as far as taxes and political donations go). As far as I can tell, the only viable option for you is to become a hermit who lives in the woods under some rocks and forages for food. Then you would be free of that terrible, soul destroying and cancerous democracy.

Lebowski on Apr 30, 2011

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