‘Booyaksha’, ‘Yakshemash’ and a wholehearted ‘Vassup!’ to you all! You guessed it, we’re still recovering from the cramps of laughter caused by Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest shenanigans at the London premier of his forthcoming film, ‘The Dictator’.
Not since the late, great Peter Sellers has an English comic actor bumbled, gaffed and offended his way into the spotlight in such a way. Cohen added another memorable entry to his portfolio of outlandish and ruthlessly funny alter egos in the shape of General Aladeen, the culturally misinformed ruler of the fictional Republic of Wadyia.
Turning up at the London premiere of his film at the Royal Festival Hall as General Aladeen himself in a clamped up orange Lamborghini on a tow truck, flanked by attractive female bodyguards and parading a golden gun to go with his exaggerated military attire, it was an obvious reference to what happened to the new owners of Harrod’s last July.
With as much charm as a recently ousted political leader writing articles in the Daily Mail, General Aladeen enlightened the gathering paparazzi and press with laughable poses and precious sound bites, including claims that he is Prince Harry’s real father, that he’d give Rupert Murdoch political asylum and his delight that David Cameron and Nick Clegg had renewed vows in their relationship.
The film itself sees Cohen’s character on a state visit to America to deliver a speech to the UN in New York. Needless to say endless hilarity and misadventures ensue, including flirting with Megan Fox, taking a job in a NY deli and persecuting its customers and claiming Iran’s leader, President Ahmadinejad ‘’looks like a snitch from Miami Vice!’’
No doubt ‘The Dictator’ is bound to have you rolling in the aisles in cinemas when it’s released nationwide on May 16th. But don’t forget, that before then you can win some of Sacha Baron Cohen related stuff on Yipiii for just £1!