Cohen's 'Dictator' takes on media 0
British actor and director Sacha Baron Cohen arrives for the UK premiere of the film "The Dictator" in London on May 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO / TAL COHEN
"Welcome devils of the Zionist media and death to the fest."
Recently returned from the Republic of Wadiya, Admiral General Aladeen (Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen, never straying out of character) spoke to the media for the first time while promoting his new film, The Dictator, which opens Wednesday.
Dressed in a uniform reminiscent of Moammar Gadhafi and surrounded by his army of 25 armed virgins, Aladeen complained about the Arab springs, responded to pre-approved questions from the international press, mocked Jewish reporters (Baron Cohen is himself Jewish) and lamented the absence of North Korean journalists. (The character was inspired by Zabibah and The King, written by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.)
Here are some of the highlights of his press conference at the Waldorf-Astoria:
On the U.S. film industry: "l love American films particularly their fantasy films like Lord of the Rings and the Schindler's List, but my favourite film ever was from 1963 and featured JFK in Dallas."
On the presence of female journalists: "It's so nice to see so many journalists who brought prostitutes with them. It's so charming that you have female journalists here. It's like putting dogs on rollerskates, it means nothing to them but it's adorable to us."
On his favourite dictators: "We have lost a lot of good people this year. Gaddafi, I miss you (looking down), Kenny G, K-man, I mean Kim Jong-il, and Chavez who died last month...oops, you did not hear that from me. And for Ahmadinejad, he is an embarrassment, why doesn't he wear a tie? Is every day in Iran casual Friday?"
On his pop culture guilty pleasures? "When I am not watching my people, I am glued to my couch watching satellite television. We have our version of Two and a Half Men, it used to be called Three Men, but one of them tried to steal a grapefruit. I also love the TV program 24, but we play it backwards so it has a happy ending."
On U.S. presidential candidates he would endorse: "I would say Santorum, despite his liberal views. In terms of policies, I'd have to say the Republicans if they would only become a little less extreme. There are some real double standards, what people call genocide in my country is called the judicial system in Texas. I support fully Mitchel Romney, he has the makings of a great dictator. He's incredibly wealthy, but pays no taxes."
On what he loves to do in New York: "I love to visit the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty and the Carlton Hotel (sic) where Dominique Strauss-Kahn did sex activities with a maid".
On the comparison to Hitler: "Wow sorry I'm getting a little choked up. To be in the same discussion as Hitler, I feel like I finally made it".
On the Hollywood celebrity he has the most in common with: "It would be Mel Gibson. We made him our public relation expert and the head of our Museum of Intolerance. Also, I have a lot in common with George Clooney, we are both the champions of equality. In my country, men and women have the same rights, absolutely none."
On the ashes he dumped on Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars: "It's not the first time he's had an Asian man poured on his chest. I was showing him that the urn was from South Korea and it accidentally fell on him."
On men in uniforms (his are designed by John Galliano): "Say what you want about his avant-garde style but the guy (Galliano) does hate Jews. Women love men in uniforms because they know there is a chance they might be released."