The Dictator, a 2012 satirical comedy, features the actor who brought the fictional characters of Ali G, Borat, and Brüno into mainstream culture; Sacha Baron Cohen. Widely referenced even today, these characters have shaped comedy and garnered a cult-following of sorts with Cohen’s ridiculously crude and raunchy sense of humor.
Taking place in New York City, Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) is on diplomatic visit with several notable American politicians. He has decided to take a stand against the evil powers of the West, who are trying to democratize the country he has so loving oppressed.
Most recently, in a stunt for the movie, the fictional character of Aladeen was denied his ticket to the Academy awards. Releasing a video, he demanded his ticket back and was allowed entrance to the award show. Cohen held true to form and arrived in his traditional dictator garb, much to the amusement of guests. The Dictator will feature stars such as Anna Farris, Ben Kingsley, Bobby Lee, and Megan Fox.
Directed by Larry Charles, The Dictator loosely alludes to the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi as it references Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen’s visit to United States accompanied by his all-female bodyguards, something Gaddafi became famous for. One thing is for sure, if the past is any predictor of the future, we will be reciting lines from this film for many months to come.