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STORY: At the press conference for his new comedy, "The Dictator" on Monday (May 7) comedian Sacha Baron Cohen stayed in character as General Aladeen. Aladeen is Cohen's outlandish role in the upcoming mockumentary film about the oppressive ruler of fictional Republic of Wadiya who is hellbent on keeping democracy at bay during his reign of terror.
Cohen entered the conference room at the Waldorf Astoria in New York as the General, surrounded by female guards, amidst chants of his name by actors posing as residents of Wadiya. He then went on to give tongue-in-cheek answers to journalists and poked fun at everyone and everything -- from the U.N. Security Council to democracy and television anchors.