Sacha Baron Cohen co-wrote and starred in The Dictator, a political satire comedy film released in 2012. It is his fourth feature film in a prominent role.
Larry Charles, who directed Baron Cohen’s mockumentaries Borat and Brüno, is directing the film. Along with Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, and an uncredited appearance by John C. Reilly, Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, the dictator of the fictional Republic of Wadiya visiting the United States.
Baron Cohen’s character was based on real-life tyrants such as Kim Jong-il, Idi Amin, Muammar Gaddafi, Mobutu Sese Seko, and Saparmurat Niyazov, according to producers Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel. In loving remembrance of Kim Jong-il, the film’s opening credits dedicate it to him. It was met with mixed reviews from reviewers and made $179 million at the box office.
‘The inspiring story of a North African dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never arrive in the people he so loved persecuted,’ according to Paramount Pictures. The film was supposed to be inspired by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s novel Zabibah and the King, although The New York Times later revealed that it was not an adaptation.
Erran Baron Cohen provided the movie’s score. Aladeen Records released The Dictator – Music from the Motion Picture on May 8, 2012. Despite being a fictional language, the majority of the songs are performed in Wadiyan; yet, it is closely related to German, Hungarian, and Arabic languages.
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