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Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Saddam Hussein Story

Zabiba and the King bookAnd I thought Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie Mercury was interesting.

It’s been announced that Cohen will also star in The Dictator, an adaptation of Zabibah and The King. That’s a novel penned by Saddam Hussein (and/or his ghost writers) in 2000.

The story about a woman who is raped by her cruel husband is believed to be an allegory about the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

Paramount Pictures describes the “comedy” as “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed."

That “heroic” dictator, named Hussein, is the role Cohen will play.

The movie, also being written by Cohen, will debut on May 11, 2012. Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) will direct Cohen in this feature.

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