The Dictator Launches Republic of Wadiya Website
02.03.12 by Chris
In Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen put the real-life country of Kazakhstan on the map. Now he's hoping to do the same for the fictional Republic of Wadiya in the upcoming The Dictator.
The actor and comedian plays Middle East dictator General Aladeen in the movie, which just lanched a viral ad campaign that includes an official webpage for the country. Offered in two languages — English and Wadiyan — the site introduces us to the country and its supreme leader. No stranger to hyperbole, Aladeen declared the site was already bigger than Facebook!
Interesting tidbit about Wadiya? The country had a "Hot Potato" period, defined as the time the country was traded from Italy to Switzerland for a truckload of cheese. Wadiya also has some, um, interesting holidays, including Holocaust Remembrance Day: When Aladeen remembers all those who were so tragically released from Auschwitz (can someone say bad taste?).
Planning a visit to Wadiya? Be sure to checkout the site's tourism page, where you can learn about the country's Sandland Theme Park and National Museum of Sand.
The Dictator tells "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed," according to Paramount Pictures. The movie is said to be inspired by Zabibah and the King, a romance novel credited to none other than Saddam Hussein (though Cohen's Aladeen character is said to be inspired more by the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi).
The movie also stars Megan Fox (who plays herself), Anna Farris, Ben Kingsley, and John C. Reilly. The Dictator was directed by Larry Charles, who also directed Cohen's Borat and Bruno.