Sacha Baron Cohen explains 'The Dictator' at the film's premiere
Sacha Baron Cohen made his usual grand entrance at the world premiere his new film, "The Dictator," arriving in a clamped Lamborghini on top of a flatbed truck.
Cohen, who appeared in character as General Aldeen, explained that he refused to pay the clamp charges. He was flanked by female bodyguards and wielded a gold pistol (See photos from the premiere).
"The Dictator" is set to hit theaters worldwide on May 16, 2012 and stars Sacha Baron Cohen as a foreign dictator of the fictional Republic of Wadiya who comes to America. According to a statement from the studio, the film tells the story of "a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed."
"I have been a star of 120 films - Dominic Straus Kahn's story, based on his life, 'Planet of the Rapes' and of course, 'You've Got Mail Bomb' and also 'Beheading Sarah Marshall,' but this one is really the story of an innocent dictator who is trying to save his country from the evils of democracy," Cohen told reporters at the London premiere on April 10.
The film also stars Megan Fox, John C. Reilly, Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley. Reilly and Baron Cohen co-starred together in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."
"The Dictator" was reportedly inspired by the novel "Zabibah and The King" that was purportedly written by Saddam Hussein, who was executed in 2006 in Iraq after being found guilty of crimes against humanity. The book tells of an Iraqi ruler who marries a villager against her will and rapes her, which is supposed to be symbolic of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in the early 1990s.
The movie is directed by "Seinfeld" writer Larry Charles, who helmed Baron Cohen's previous movies "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" and "Bruno."
Baron Cohen, 40, rose to fame in his native United Kingdom as the television personality Ali G. The "Borat" and "Bruno" films are based on his side characters, an overly-friendly Kahzakh reporter and a fashion expert. While in character, the comedic actor speaks with people in various locations and scenarios, often making sexual or rude remarks.
Baron Cohen was recently cast to play Monsieur Thénardier, a comical con artist and bar owner dubbed the "Master of the House" in a new musical movie adaptation of the Broadway show "Les Miserables," according to IndieWire.com. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.
Baron Cohen married Australian actress Isla Fisher, 36, in 2010, after being engaged for nearly six years. The couple has two children, Olive, 4, and Elula, 1.
Fisher told the UK's Telegraph at the premiere that she is glad when her husband finishes a film and goes back to looking like himself.
"I mean luckily he doesn't bring the characters home emotionally but he certainly does physically," Fisher told the Telegraph. "I've had to look at the handlebar moustache when he was Borat for a long time, and then bleach-blond hair (for Bruno) for a while, and now I've been looking at the big beard. And it's always a relief when a movie wraps."
Cohen also made headlines on April 11, after dropping out of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which is currently filming in Louisiana.
Watch the second trailer for "The Dictator" below.