Sacha Baron Cohen Will Return to the Big Screen as Saddam Hussein in ‘The Dictator’

January 21, 2011

Sacha Baron CohenWacky British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has just signed a deal to star in The Dictator, a new movie in which Cohen will star as the Iraq dictator himself, Saddam Hussein, who was executed in Dec 2006 for war crimes. The movie will be a loose adaptation of the novel Zabibah and the King, written by Saddam Hussein. It tells the story of a dictator, (Sadam Hussein), and the lengths he went to ensuring that democracy would never arrive in the country he so passionately governed and oppressed. Larry Charles, who directed Cohen in two of his previous movies, Bruno (2009) and Borat (2006), will direct Cohen once again in The Dictator.

Cohen is most widely known for his depiction of three fictional characters, Ali G, Borat, and Bruno, for which a movie has been made for each. In each movie, Cohen’s characters interact with unsuspecting public figures who are unaware they are being set up for comical scenarios and ridicule, all in the name of entertainment.

Cohen has been awarded Emmy nominations, an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay, a BAFTA award, and a Golden Globe for best actor for his work in the feature film Borat (2006). After the release of the film Borat, Cohen stated that because the public had become too familiar with his characters, and that he would retire both Borat and Ali G.  He then retired Bruno after the release of the movie Bruno (2009).

The Dictator is slated for release in May 11, 2012.

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