Real Politics, Meet Borat Comedy
Want to feel uncomfortable while watching a politically incorrect satire? You’re in luck, because Sacha Baron Cohen does it again with The Dictator.
Sacha Baron Cohen is putting Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama clips in his movie now. Watch out, Ryan Seacrest. There’s no telling if you'll make an appearance, too.
But one thing is for sure, if you're cagey about getting made fun of, you can bet Cohen can smell the fear.
The actor made Borat a household name with this 2006 film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, about an unassuming foreigner who gets just the right awkward cultural reaction out of people. Now, Cohen is playing the dictator of a fictitious country -- that’s starting to feel like a real one with Cohen’s method acting -- in his new film The Dictator.
Cohen showed up at the Oscars in military garb and after being banned and then reinstated -- proving there was a reason the Academy didn’t want him on the carpet -- he threw an urn full of ashes on Ryan Seacrest.
That was rude, but perhaps that’s the point. The Dictator acts like a jerk, and somehow we all think it’s funny. The newly released trailer for the film that comes out May 11 shows a handful of political clips that have been woven in between Cohen’s storyline. The Dictator, General Aladeen, takes a trip to New York to address the United Nations after having attempted to employ his definition of democracy on his people.
Here, audiences can see Cohen's shenanigans as they watch the General make his own parade through Manhattan. But Americans can only put up with so much crap. The General is soon made penniless and forced to survive in New York without money or a country to support him. Thank goodness he meets adorable Anna Faris -- with a brunette pixie cut to boot!
The film co-stars Megan Fox, Ben Kingsley and John C. Reilly.
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures