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Preview: Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘The Dictator’ gets a new trailer

Following a stunning appearance on this year’s Oscar red carpet, where he inadvertently spilt an urn apparently containing the ashes of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il over US presenter Ryan Seacrest, the glorious leader General Aladeen of Wadiya (AKA British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen) returns this week in the new official UK trailer for upcoming Larry Charles film The Dictator (2012).

Expanding substantially on the first trailer that appeared at the end of last year, The Dictator appears to be a riches-to-rags-to-riches tale as Middle Eastern leader General Aladeen of Wadiya (Cohen) heads to America on a ‘diplomatic mission’, only be be de-bearded and cast out into the streets of New York City to fend for himself. Here he meets a kindly ally in the form of Anna Faris, who tries to help the former genocidal lunatic back onto his feet.

Cohen and director Charles (a stalwart of awkward comedy following his involvement with hit series Seinfeld HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) have forged a strong working partnership in recent years with the hugely successful Borat (2006) and Brüno (2009) films. Though this latest effort seems to have dropped the mockumentary aesthetic in favour of a far more traditional shooting style, the gross-out, cringe-worthy humour that both Cohen and Charles have becomes known for looks to be there in abundance.

With the film’s 18 May UK release date fast approaching, The Dictator already looks set to be one of the year’s funniest – and potentially most controversial – comedies.

The Dictator is released in UK cinemas on 18 May, 2012.

Daniel Green