Does Second Trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator Reveal Too Much?
03.28.12 by Ryan
Whether he's shooting his competitors during a relay race or spilling ashes on Ryan Seacrest before the Oscars, there's been plenty to enjoy about Sacha Baron Cohen's portrayal of Supreme Leader Shabazz Aladeen. As for a trailer, though, the fictional dictator of the fictional Middle Eastern country of Wadiya hasn't been seen since Paramount released a Super Bowl ad in February... Until now.
The studio just released a feature-length trailer for The Dictator that's perhaps more revealing than audiences would like. So far, The Dictator's promotional footage has managed to do a good job of introducing Baron Cohen as Aladeen while balancing a ridiculous, yet still dark, tone. The new trailer, though, reveals a plot twist that — while it explains what Anna Faris is doing in the movie — gives away plot details that perhaps should have been saved for the theater.
The Dictator was directed Larry Charles, who helmed Borat and Brüno. The movie was written by written by Cohen and former Seinfeld writers Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel. The cast also includes John C. Reilly and Ben Kingsley.