The first images of Sacha Baron Cohen on the set of his latest film, The Dictator, have appeared online.
We reported back in November that Baron Cohen was once more teaming up with Larry Charles, who he worked with on Bruno and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Their latest venture, The Dictator, is based on the novel ‘Zabibah And The King’. But wait for it… it has been suggested that the author of the novel was in fact Saddam Hussein. Sounds strange we know but apparently the CIA think the allegorical romance novel was written by ghost writers with Hussein. They believe that the plot has hidden meanings, so the protagonist Arab, who becomes king and rules over Iraq, is supposed to be Hussein.
Arab is in love with Zabibah who is a poor woman in an unhappy marriage. She represents the people of Iraq, whereas her rapist husband is the US. Hmm, it’s sounds a little to crazy to us and we’re pretty sure Hussein preferred using violence rather than romance novels against the US.
Anyway, the image shows Baron Cohen wearing a tracksuit featuring the American flag. We think the film must only be loosely based on the book as the plot guidance we’ve been given so far just says that Cohen is playing a man who risked his life to protect the country that he lovingly oppresses.
We know Baron Cohen loves to stir up a bit of controversy but at the moment it’s hard to see how this one is going to work. Any thoughts?
The Dictator also stars Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley and Jason Mantzoukas. It will be released in the UK in May 2012.