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(2012)

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Sacha Baron Cohen wanted to shoot scenes in the actual United Nations building but was denied access. Baron Cohen claims the official explanation given to him was "we represent a lot of dictators, and they are going to be very angry by this portrayal of them, so you can't shoot in there." When asked about Baron Cohen's claims, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon only responded by saying "Sacha Baron Cohen has a wonderful sense of humor."
Sacha Baron Cohen attended The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) in character and full costume as Aladeen, accompanied by his "virgin guards". While giving an interview on the red carpet to an unsuspecting Ryan Seacrest he brandished an urn he claimed to contain the remains of deceased North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Cohen then spilled the ashes all over Seacrest's tuxedo. As a result, Cohen was banned from entering the auditorium or participating in the events.
The mock-Arabic language that Aladeen and Nadal speak on the helicopter tour is in fact Hebrew.
The always lifted point finger of Aladeen was inspired by Cuban leader Fidel Castro who frequently pointed in his speeches.
Aladeen has a cadre of all-female guards who purport to be virgins, as Libyan Dictator Muammar Gadaffi did in real life.
On the map shown in the film, the Republic of Wadiya location is actually the real country of Eritrea. According to the Wikipedia website, "Eritrea . . . officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in East Africa. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The northeastern and eastern parts of Eritrea have an extensive coastline along the Red Sea. The nation has a total area of approximately 117,600 km2 (45,406 sq mi), and includes the Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands. Its name Eritrea is based on the Greek name for the Red Sea . . . , which was first adopted for Italian Eritrea in 1890."
The government house is modeled after Argentina's Pink House.
The photos of Aladeen's financially procured lovers in addition to Megan Fox include Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ellen DeGeneres.
The exterior scenes of the Wadiya Palace were shot at the Plaza de España in Seville, and computer graphics were used to add the twin golden domes.
The group of turquoise Lamborghini Murciélago in the New York motorcade is a reference to the turquoise sports cars belonging to Ana Al-Thani, a member of the Qatar ruling family. He owned one identical example in that was driven around London on a frequent basis.
For the movie's release in Mexico, the publicity campaign coincided with the 2012 presidential elections. Many promotional ads took advantage of this, using tag-lines that were spoofs of candidate Enrique Peña Nieto's slogans.
The Daily Show: Admiral General Aladeen (2012) reveals Aladeen's first name to be Shabazz.
The movie's closing credits declare: "Special Thanks for Ingenuity in Technology - Isla Fisher" who is the wife of Sacha Baron Cohen.
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In the promotional bust shot of the main character against a white backdrop, he is wearing medal ribbons including, among others:
  • The Antarctica Service Medal Ribbon (third row, far left)


  • The Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal Ribbon (seventh row, far left)


  • The Second World War Philippine Defense Medal Ribbon (fifth row, far left) and the Philippine Liberation Medal Ribbon (fifth row, second from left)


  • What appears to be the Belgian Croix de Guerre Medal Ribbon (fifth row, far right)


  • The French Croix de Guerre medal (fifth row, second from right)


There are at least two cases of duplication: row 16, far right is the same as row 14, second from right, and row 11, far left is the same as row 9, second from right. Altogether, he's wearing 68 medals. The teaser movie poster shows at least one medal (the Belgian Croix de Guerre) changed, and they "loop": the 11th and 12th rows repeat as the 18th and 19th rows.
The Paramount Pictures studio described the movie as "the heroic story of a North African dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed."
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This major motion picture's opening title card states: "In Loving Memory of Kim Jong-il".
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The name of the eatery in New York City was "The Death to Aladeen Restaurant".
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Actresses Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs were considered for the role of Zoey which in the end was cast with actress Anna Faris.
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Fourth major cinema movie comedy vehicle of actor-comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. The first three were Brüno (2009), , Ali G Indahouse (2002) and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006). The Brothers Grimsby (2016) would follow around four years later.
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The name of the fruit of a the country of Wadiya was "Mafroom".
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In real life, Wadiya is actually not a North African country (it is fictitious in the film) but a small town in Sri Lanka situated within that nation's southern province.
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The nick-name of Nadal (Jason Mantzoukas) was "Nuclear Nadal" whilst the nick-name of the dictator His Excellency Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) was "The Mad Dog of Wadiya".
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The acronym "IACD" stood for the "International Alliance of Constitutional Dictatorships".
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Producers David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer said that Sacha Baron Cohen's dictator character of General Shabazz Aladeen was inspired by real life dictators Kim Jong-il, Idi Amin, Muammar Gadaffi, Mobutu Sese Seko, Ne Win, Than Shwe, and Saparmurat Niyazov.
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The name of the environmental group in New York was the "Free Earth Collective". Its slogan were "Eat Local- Buy Local -Think Global". It's cause was "for an agri-cultural & sustainable world".
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Third cinema movie collaboration of actress Isla Fisher and actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Fisher has previously received thanks credits both previously for Brüno (2009), and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006). Cohen and Fisher are husband and wife. Fisher would work as an actress in her first film with Sacha Baron Cohen with The Brothers Grimsby (2016).
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Portraying the character of Clayton, actor-comedian John C. Reilly appeared in the movie uncredited.
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Star Sacha Baron Cohen played three roles in this picture: Alison Burgers, the dictator His Excellency Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, and the latter's double Efawadh.
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The name of the song used for the movie's comical music-video which is featured on the DVD is "Your Money is on the Dresser".
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Final live action appearance in a theatrically released feature film comedy cinema movie of actor, writer, and comedian Garry Shandling.
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One of numerous collaborations of actor-comedian-writer-star Sacha Baron Cohen and his brother composer-arranger-music adapter Erran Baron Cohen. Sacha Baron Cohen is the younger brother whilst Erran Baron Cohen is the older brother. The two Cohen Brothers' cinema movie collaborations include The Brothers Grimsby (2016), Brüno (2009), The Dictator (2012), and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006). Their television collaborations include episodes of Da Ali G Show (2000) and Da Ali G Show (2003). Elsewhere in the film industry, there are two other very famous brothers with the same sounding last name. They are "The Coen Brothers" - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, and they once made a comedy movie called O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).
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The North African nation of the Republic of Wadiya was fictional and does not exist in real life as Kazakstan did in 'Sacha Baron Cohen' 9qv0's previous movies and television shows.
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Cameo 

Edward Norton: Uncredited, as himself.
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Megan Fox: As herself.
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Hillary Clinton: Uncredited, as herself in archive footage.
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Barack Obama: Uncredited, as himself in archive footage.
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Larry King: As himself, in the uncut / unrated version.
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Garry Shandling: Uncredited, as a health inspector.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

For The Brothers Grimsby (2016). At one point in the film, the Sebastian Graves (Mark Strong) secret agent character is joking referred to as Ben Kingsley. Kingsley had previously co-starred in Sacha Baron Cohen's earlier movie The Dictator (2012). Cohen and Kingsley both also acted in Martin Scorsese's Hugo (2011).
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The movie features a joke with a mobile cell-phone situated in a woman's vagina. The later Sacha Baron Cohen movie The Brothers Grimsby (2016) featured a major comic sequence involving an elephant's vagina. In an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen's Da Ali G Show (2003) [Da Ali G Show: Art (2003)] about nine years prior to The Dictator (2012), Robert W. Peters, billed in a segment as President of Morality in Media, in an interview discussion about the media in this episode, stated: "While I don't personally enjoy watching two elephants have sex on a PBS Special, I don't consider it pornographic". Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G adds, saying towards the end of the segment: "Whatever it is that you will think it is alright to watch the National Geographic Channel watch two elephants boning like this man does . . .".
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