WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Loses His Beard in New 'Dictator' Trailer

The new trailer for Cohen's comedy about a Middle Eastern dictator who comes to the U.S. reveals the film's plot -- and offers up some hilarious moments

Sacha Baron Cohen has been doing most of his promotional stunts for The Dictator -- including dumping Kim Jong-Il's "ashes" on Ryan Seacrest" -- while in his full Admiral General Aladeen get-up. So we were caught by surprise when the new trailer revealed that the film doesn't really start until the titular dictator's bushy beard is forcibly removed.

That new trailer for The Dictator -- which hits theaters May 11 -- delves into the plot of the movie a whole lot more than the previously released teaser. While funny in its own right, that clip offered no explanation for how Aladeen's visit to the United States would translate into a feature-length film. Fortunately, the new trailer takes care of that. Watch it below!
 


It turns out that once John C. Reilly relieves Aldeen of his signature beard (we're not told why he does this), no one recognizes the dictator as the Supreme Leader from the country of Wadiya. Luckily, a New Yorker played by Anna Faris takes him in and offers him a job at her business. Judging by the trailer, things don't go so well at first, but we're guessing that Aladeen learns some heart-warming lessons about life in America and ends up liking it here after all.

The Dictator looks to be mostly scripted, so it's nice to see Cohen taking a break from his mockumentary schtick. What was shocking and hilarious in Da Ali G Show and Borat had grown wearisome by the time Bruno came along -- but The Dictator actually looks to be pretty funny. That scene where Aladeen cheats in the track race gets us every time.

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