The Dictator‘s clever marketing campaign brought the release of the DVD earlier this week a huge success. Reviewers were sent an envelope from the fictional character General Aladeen, who thanked them in advance for the positive reviews, accompanied by lots of cash from his fictional country. The outrageous satire tells the story of a foreign dictator who would stop at nothing to keep democracy far from his country. “We want to create this new country that is not quite in the Middle East, it’s not quite in Africa, but, you know, it has elements of Gadhafi, it has elements of the United Arab Emirates, it has elements of Turkmenistan. We don’t want it to be specific, but we want it to feel real,” is what Sacha Baron Cohen told the set designer about the location. A mixture of hilarious, offensive and plain silly jokes, the movie is definitely on our summer watch list. Asked about his controversial movies, Baron Cohen says: ” I don’t know if I’m brave. I think I think in the moment. So when I’m in character, I’m in character, and I’m obviously thinking about what’s going on around me, but it’s easier to do stuff when you’re in character.” Some cool cameos included the presence of Larry King, Megan Fox, Chris Elliot, Fred Armisen and Chris Parnell, in scenes that spice up the movie. Another interesting thing is that Ed Hardy sunglasses make an appearance in the movie, as part of the Dictator’s opulent outfit.
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