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The Dictator (2012) Poster

(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.
The government house is modeled after Argentina's Pink House.
The photos of Aladeen's other financially procured lovers in addition to Megan Fox include Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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 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.
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 Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Admiral General Aladeen (2012) reveals Aladeen's first name to be Shabazz.
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.

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