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Sacha Baron Cohen will be The Dictator based on the novel "Push" by Saddam Hussein

Jan. 20, 2011by: Paul Tassi
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Today I learned that amidst all his mustache growing and chemical warfare, Saddam Hussein took some time to write a novel. The book is called Zabibah and The King, and it's now being adapted into a feature film called THE DICTATOR set to star Sacha Baron Cohen. Wonder who the royalties go to?

The film is said to be "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." This would indicate it's going to be a highly satirical version of the actual story, which is about a king who defends a commoner against her abusive husband in 7th century Tikrit, with the metaphor being about Saddam, the Iraqi people and US invaders respectively. The book was a best seller in Iraq (surprise!).

The film is being directed by Larry Charles, who helmed BRUNO and BORAT, and I'll look forward to seeing Cohen create a new character in the form of an assuredly comedic despot. I'm asumming the Borat 'stache will be back.

Extra Tidbit: Hussein also wrote three more novels, so if this is a hit, I smell a franchise!
Source: Emoire

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3:56PM on 01/20/2011
I just hope his accent won't sound like BORAT.
I just hope his accent won't sound like BORAT.
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3:55PM on 01/20/2011

Push

Initially I thought they were going to make a balls-out parody of Precious : based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire !!!! Turns out Saddam Hussein simply had pretty unoriginal ideas for the title of his novel. Could this ever be award-worthy ?
Initially I thought they were going to make a balls-out parody of Precious : based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire !!!! Turns out Saddam Hussein simply had pretty unoriginal ideas for the title of his novel. Could this ever be award-worthy ?
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3:50PM on 01/20/2011
is larry charles still making that movie with jim carrey???
is larry charles still making that movie with jim carrey???
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3:41PM on 01/20/2011

Awesome!

Sounds awesome cant wait. Larry charles is great he did a great job at directing episodes of "Curb your Enthusiasm" and did the great "Religulous". looking foward to this.
Sounds awesome cant wait. Larry charles is great he did a great job at directing episodes of "Curb your Enthusiasm" and did the great "Religulous". looking foward to this.
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1:55PM on 01/20/2011

Saddam will be rolling in his grave

and I for one could not be happier about it.
and I for one could not be happier about it.
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1:01PM on 01/20/2011
Sounds like perfect casting.
Sounds like perfect casting.
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12:48PM on 01/20/2011
So they are basically doing the same Chaplin did with Hitler back then. Im in.
So they are basically doing the same Chaplin did with Hitler back then. Im in.
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11:42AM on 01/20/2011
That headline made me laugh.
That headline made me laugh.
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11:37AM on 01/20/2011

Genius

This sounds like it will be amazing. Cohen as a despotic Arab militaristic dictator in a comedy by Larry Charles? Hilarity shall ensue!
This sounds like it will be amazing. Cohen as a despotic Arab militaristic dictator in a comedy by Larry Charles? Hilarity shall ensue!
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