Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film, and first foray into scripted comedy, The Dictator, is set to release this summer on May 16, but the hilarious first scene from the film, which stars Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen as the tyrannical dictator of a fictional Middle-Eastern country.
The leaked opening scene takes the form of a TV news segment profiling Admiral General Aladeen, who took over at the age of seven and changed a number of words in the country's national language to his own name, including the words for both 'positive' and 'negative.' The confusing results are shown in a doctor's office where a man learns he is HIV Aladeen, and is unsure whether to be happy or sad.
The Dictator is loosely based off of Zabibah and the King by Saddam Hussein, and features Bobby Lee, Kevin Corrigan, J.B. Smoove, Megan Fox, Ben Kingsley Anna Faris, Jason Mantzoukas, B.J. Novak, John C. Reilly, Adeel Akhtar, Fred Melamed and Aasif Mandvi.
Sacha Baron Coehn has been promoting the film for months, and even attended the 84th annual Academy Awards in costume as Aladeen, where he spilled an urn full of what he claimed were Kim Jong Il's ashes on Ryan Seacrest's suit and all over the red carpet.
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The film is a satire of Middle Eastern dictators in general, but specifically Saddam Hussein and Muamar Ghaddafi. In this way Cohen is following in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin, who spoofed Hitler in his film, The Great Dictator.
The Dictator follows Aladeen as he is forced to flee his own country and ends up in New York City. Cohen also plays a second role as a goatherd, while Larry Charles (who worked on Borat and Bruno) directed the film, which was shot in New York, as well as the Plana de Espana in Seville and on the island of Fuerteventura.
In previous trailers, Cohen has spliced scene from the film together with video footage of Barack Obama and David Cameron condemning Gaddafi in speeches, as well a clip of Hilary Clinton speaking out against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.