May 6, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen's "Dictator" on SNL

Sadly, last night's episode of Saturday Night Live did not feature the return of Shy Ronnie.  However, we did get  a surprise appearance by Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aldeen, the star of his upcoming film The Dictator (which comes out on Friday!).  British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen started out on the HBO comedy series Da Ali G Show, before breaking out as a huge comedy star after his mega hit film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.  And typically, when a comedian makes a huge breakout comedy, the next step is to host SNL.  So why hasn't Sacha hosted SNL you ask?  Well, Sacha doesn't like to appear as himself.  He doesn't do impressions or silly little characters.  He completely immerses himself into one crazy character for his film, and then pretty much does all public appearances in character.  He tries to make you believe that it's a real character, and not just Sacha Baron Cohen acting.  Therefore, having him host SNL as himself wouldn't really fit with his style of comedy.  Instead, Sacha Baron Cohen prefers to make surprise appearances in character to promote his films.  He first appeared on SNL back in 2006 in character as Borat:

And now, here's Sacha Baron Cohen from last night's SNL as Admiral General Aldeen, aka The Dictator.


And for those of you who didn't get the inside joke, Sacha Baron Cohen appeared in Martin Scorsese's (Kristen Wiig takes as a drink) recent film Hugo as the Station Inspector.

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