Sacha Baron Cohen, the understated writer/actor, has returned with a new comedy. This time it’s a feature film … no mockumentaries like Baron Cohen’s other films Borat and Brüno. The Dictator is slated to come out May 11th. Here’s the deal-e-o in a nutshell:
According to the distributor, Paramount Pictures, The Dictator will “tell the story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” Larry Charles, who previously directed Borat and Brüno, will direct this film. Also starring, Ben Kingsley (we like Ben) and Anna Faris (we like Anna).
From what we can tell, the premise is that Admiral General Aladeen, a dictator from the fictional Middle Eastern country called The Republic of Wadiya, arrives Stateside to much fanfare and controversy but ends up “lost in America” where he most likely will find spiritual awakening and redemption from his previous tyrannical lifestyle. We hope not. We hope that when he gets back to power, Aladeen turns out worse than he was before. Dark comedy. That’s the ticket.
Anyway, here’s a weirdo tidbit. Apparently, the film is loosely inspired by a novel that was purportedly written by the late, great Saddam Hussein. Except, we can’t imagine that humorless Saddam could write a comedy so we’re guessing the film is a mocking tip-of-the-hat to the formerly-real-life dictactor’s opus, Zabibah and the King. The bizarre self-worship portrayed in the film reminds us of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and we have to suppose “El Coronel Mariposa” was a significant inspiration for the film.
Incidentally, anyone watch the Oscars? No? Well, Sacha showed up in his Admiral General Aladeen outfit (after being expressely warned not to do so by the Academy muckety-mucks) carrying an urn that he claimed contained the ashes of his late golf buddy Kim Jong Il. After some silliness, he “accidentally” spilled the contents of the urn on the red carpet and Ryan Seacrest. How this guy manages not to draw hit squads from the nefarious parts of our globe is anyone’s guess. Sacha, we respect your cajones. We really don’t want to see them as we almost did in Borat, but we do respect them.
And here’s the source of Sacha’s inspiration… Daffy Gaddafi! You go, girl!
Moamar, you old queen! As for Hugo … give yourself a double fist-pump. Saddam is history. Hosni is gone. Muammar is gone. Bashar will soon be gone as will Mahmoud. Li’l Kim Jong-un is an up-and-comer, but you may be the undisputed, still-somewhat-relevant throwback dictator de jour.
And speaking of the formerly-alive, poofy-headed man-child Kim Jong-il, we’re not sure if we’re flattered or indignant that we have received zero page views from North Korea. Why would anyone ever want to censor Comics A-Go-Go!? We can only hope that Kim “Chubby Cheeks” Jong-un will allow the glorious golden sunrise that is CAGG to enlighten his people.
It’s almost trite to say it, but with Saddam out of the picture, Iraq just hasn’t been the same. Now corruption has to be divided up among so many parties. To coin a phrase from Spain … “Esto nunca pasaba con Franco.”
It’s a two-fer! The girls must have been going mad! This is like seeing Elvis and Tom Jones on stage together for the first time.