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The Dictator new trailer

Until now, the trailers for The Dictator have shown Sacha Baron Cohen ramping up the schtick as the lavish dictator of the fake country Wadiya. But this new trailer actually shows off some more of the plot, which includes Cohen’s character being forced to live as an immigrant in America, after his appearance is altered by an American agent. 

Incidentally, this film was inspired by the novel Zabibah and The King, a novel that is generally attributed to Saddam Hussein. Much of that novel is supposed to be allegorical about Hussein’s relationship and struggle with the United States (i.e. Zabibah is Iraq, the oppressive king is the United States and the hero is Saddam). 

In case you didn’t recognize her, that is Anna Faris in the trailer. Actors Ben Kingsley and John C. Reilly also make an appearance.

The Dictator is set to hit theaters on May 11, 2012.