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Paramount Pictures announced Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy THE DICTATOR

Friday, January 21, 2011 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

The Great DictatorWhen you receive an email saying Ali G' Sacha Baron Cohen's next film is to be The Dictator and it's based on a possible allegory of the US invasion of Iraq - written as a romance by Saddam Hussein. You can't help but think it's some sort of elaborate hoax. Ali G Sacha Baron Cohen you kidder, you. However the email is from a respected source and seemingly the details look bona fide.


The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel "Zabibah and The King" by Saddam Hussein.
So it turns out that Ali G' Sacha Baron Cohen is showing no signs of slowing down his controversial take on things and will be making the The Dictator with his sometime cohort Director Larry Charles; of the first 5 seasons of Seinfeld (yay), Entourage (yay), Curb Your Enthusiasm (yay) The Tick (Yay), Borat (yay) and Bruno (Boo). I'm hoping for more Curb Your Enthusiasm than Bruno, this time round. The controversial bit being that it looks like he got the idea from a 2002 episode of The Late Show when David Letterman lampooned Zabibah and The King when he showed a spoof trailer for the musical.

Anyway The Dictator is loosely, I'm guessing very loosely on Zabibah and The King. Which may or may not have either been written by Saddam Hussein, his ghost writers (so says the CIA) or by someone else entirely. But chances are it would never have been published if Saddam Hussein had not had some involvement.

Saddam Hussein was so evil he even stole the cover of the book from an artist without permission or payment - Jonathon Earl Bowser. Causing the mythic naturalist to fly into an uncontrollable rage and call Hussein a "Malefic!"

But it looks like Ali G' Sacha Baron Cohen get the last laugh on Hussein, as the timeless Charlie Chaplin did on Hitler with his The Great Dictator.

Even thought the original story must have been popular selling over a million copies, spawned a 20-part television serial and a musical. No doubt given the talent involved - the plot of the book... "A love story about a powerful ruler of medieval Iraq and a beautiful commoner girl named Zabibah. Zabibah's husband is a cruel and unloving man" jealous of her relationship with the King he violently wrong her. The King vows to avenge Zabibah "and in the ensuing war, both Zabibah and her husband are killed on Jan. 17 — the day allied air attacks began against Iraq in 1991." ... will be given a hilarious slant with the culture shock firmly turned all the way up.

Love him or hate him, Ali G' Sacha Baron Cohen certainly has a nose for capturing public interest.

Paramount Pictures announced Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy THE DICTATOR