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Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator has its UK premiere
11 May 2012
Last updated at 10:28
Sacha Baron Cohen turns up in character at the UK premiere of his latest Hollywood film, The Dictator.
Sacha Baron Cohen's latest creation has been unleashed on the UK. The Dictator has had its UK premiere in London. The film follows Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, leader of the fictitious North African Republic of Wadiya.
Sacha Baron Cohen's new character follows in the footsteps of his previous films Ali G, Borat and Bruno. The 40-year-old comedian attended the premiere at London's Royal Festival Hall in character with his "virginal guard".
He was driven up the red carpet standing in an orange Lamborghini, with a clamp on one wheel. "Sorry I am late," he said. "I was doing some shopping at the British Home Stores and I got clamped. I refuse to pay your parking rates."
Sacha Baron Cohen brandished a fake pistol at Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed and said he loves the Royal Family: "To cut a long story short I am the father of Harry."
Anna Faris, star of The House Bunny, also appears in the film. She said Baron Cohen stayed in character for most of the filming. She said: "We do improv like 90% of the time and so as an actor you are forced to be on your toes."
Jessica Wright from The Only Way Is Essex, actress Abi Titmuss and Amber Atherton from Made In Chelsea turned out for the red carpet event. The film also stars Megan Fox, Ben Kingsley and John C. Reilly.
Baron Cohen's wife, Isla Fisher (right), revealed he had not stayed in character at home and didn't wear his beard. Jason Mantzoukas (centre) stars in the film and Emily Head from The Inbetweeners was also there.
Dancing On Ice judge Louie Spence, former boxer Joe Calzaghe, Kristina Rihanoff from Strictly Come Dancing and comedian Russell Kane turned up for the premiere. The Dictator is released in cinemas next Wednesday (16 May).
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