The Dictator is a comedy film that revolves around the story of a North African dictator named General Aladeen played by Sacha Baron Cohen. This dictator goes to ultimate risks in his life to make sure that democracy would not be made part of the country that he is oppressing. The Dictator is directed by Larry Charles and features other actors including: Anna Faris, Megan Fox, Ben Kingsley and John C. Reily. Let’s take a look at an early interview with Sacha Baron Cohen on this upcoming comedy film, The Dictator:
“The Dictator: An In-Character Interview With Sacha Cohen Baron
Like Borat and Brüno before him, Admiral General Aladeen is not just a character but a months-long, transmedia immersion on the part of its creator, Sacha Baron Cohen. Blurring the lines between performance artist and hype artist, the British comic is promoting his new movie, “The Dictator,” only in full tinpot-tyrant drag. For an article on the film, Mr. Baron Cohen would not comment but he agreed to channel the Supreme Leader of the fictional republic of Wadiya for an in-character interview. Here is the text of the interview, minus a few expletives.
Q. What is the state of diplomatic relations between Wadiya and the United States, and was it affected by your visit?
A. Are you serious? You are The New York Times — you should know this. This is like a question from a 9-year-old. To state the obvious, relations between our two nations are not at all good. I don’t understand how Obama can treat me like this — after all, it was my father who helped smuggle him into the U.S.A. many years ago when he was just a child soldier in the Kenyan al Qaeda.
The hypocrisy behind the tension is breathtaking — all I want is bigger, nuclear versions of the weapons that America gave to me back in the ’90s. I have given assurances that I will be responsible with them and only use them when the wind is blowing away from the U.S. and not try to claim fishing rights for the new area of the Mediterranean created by removing Israel from the map, but for some reason that’s not good enough.
I’ve been told that my recent visit to the U.S. only soured things further, but I will not be held responsible for that — my understanding of “diplomatic immunity” was that I could shoot as many tigers in Central Park Zoo as I liked. I would also to state once again that I was absolutely not annoyed with Whitney Houston for not inviting me to her pre-Grammys party.
Q. And how are relations with Kazakhstan?
A. The relationship between Wadiya and Kazakhstan could not be more different — it’s a model of international friendship and cooperation. And best of all, those guys don’t [care] about sanctions, they will sell Wadiya anything … minerals, weapons, apples, slaves—you name it. They have plenty of the enriched uranium that I need, but unfortunately it’s all in their water supply and food chain as a consequence of it being sent to them via ballistic missiles in the ’70s and ’80s by the Russians when they used them for target practice. I wish I could get it into their thick heads that there’s no such thing as weapons-grade potassium, so stop pitching it to me as an alternative!”
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