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'Borat' star Cohen to portray Saddam Hussein

January 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
"Borat" and "Bruno" star Sacha Baron Cohen is getting ready for what some may think is an unlikely role.Paramount Pictures says the British comic will portray former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the new film "The Dictator." Cohen is also co-writing the script.

"The Dictator" is inspired by a book Hussein wrote.

Paramount joked in a press release that "the film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed."