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Sacha Baron Cohen to play role inspired by Saddam Hussein

6/13/2014
Sacha Baron Cohen to play role inspired by Saddam Hussein © AP/ Sacha Baron Cohen Sacha Baron Cohen to play role inspired by Saddam Hussein

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As if his portrayals of Borat and Bruno weren't outrageous enough, Sacha Baron Cohen's next role will be playing a fictional dictator inspired by book written by Saddam Hussein.

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The British comic will star in and co-write "The Dictator," which is scheduled for release in May 2012, Paramount Pictures said Wednesday. "The Dictator" is inspired by a book the former Iraqi leader himself wrote, titled "Zabibah and The King."

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Larry Charles, who directed Baron Cohen in "Bruno" and "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," will direct once again.

Paramount joked in a news release: "The film 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."

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