New Poster For The Dictator Takes Over Central Park

By Katey Rich 2012-04-18 10:39:39discussion comments
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With all the hype surrounding the big, effects-heavy blockbusters of the coming summer season, Sacha Baron Cohen's comparatively low-key comedy The Dictator is flying a bit more under the radar. It seems like we haven't heard a peep out of his new character, Admiral General Aladeen, since he dumped Kim Jong-Il's ashes all over Ryan Seacrest on the Oscar red carpet, But with the release date of May 16 coming up fast, Paramount has debuted a new poster for the film at EW. You can see the full size version there, or a smaller one below.



Yes, that appears to be a giant banner of Admiral General Aladeen-- the same image from the first teaser poster-- stretched across Central Park, in an attempt to prove to everyone in New York that, yes, the man himself has arrived. The story of The Dictator has Aladeen arriving at the United Nations to give a speech, only to learn that a coup has happened in his home country, and he's left in the city with no money, no entourage, no palace to return to. Anna Faris co-stars as the crunchy gal he presumably falls for and who gets him a job working at her organic grocery store, and… well, that's about all we know at this point. The first full trailer spent more time building up the character as an all-powerful dictator than telling us what happens when he's stripped of all that power, beyond the usual fish-out-of-water stuff translated to a powerful Middle Eastern dictator whom everyone assumes is a terrorist.

It's hard to get a read on The Dictator at this point, knowing it's not exactly like Bruno and Borat in unleashing a Baron Cohen character on unsuspecting people, but that it also seems to be pushing some of the same politically tinged buttons. But on the positive side, it's a summer movie we don't know much about, when everything else seems to be marketed within an inch of its life. WIth not even a month to go before release, this may be one summer movie we don't know everything about before it opens.
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