Has the star of Borat and Bruno dished up a dictator to die for in his comedy that takes a pop at Gaddafi and Saddam?

This article titled “The Dictator trailer: does Sacha Baron Cohen rule OK?” was written by Ben Child, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 15th December 2011 11.42 UTC

What perfect timing for the arrival of the first trailer for The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen’s return to Borat-style territory as a Middle Eastern autocrat “who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed”. With the Arab spring nearly a year old, it’s impossible for Baron Cohen’s new comedy to avoid recalling the more absurd aspects of Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule. Our first look at the new film, which once again has Borat and Bruno director Larry Charles behind the camera, drives the point home with a montage opening of world leaders condemning the late Libyan leader.

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