Sacha Baron Cohen Proves Size (of Beard) Matters in First 'Dictator' Pic

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There is no costume too crazy for British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen. He donned a ridiculous mustache for "Borat," the shortest shorts on the planet for "Bruno" and now he's headed back to the facial hair for his latest, "The Dictator."

The first image of Cohen (see below) as the titular warlord as surfaced over at Huffington Post and makes the character look like a military version of Weird Al Yankovic in the "Amish Paradise" video. In the movie, the actor plays a Saddam Hussein-like leader who finds himself replaced by a goat herder and looking for life-changing experiences in New York City.

Back in early May, it was announced that Anna Faris will appear alongside Cohen, presumably with far less beard action than her co-star. Faris plays the dictator's love interest, an organic food store owner who helps him discover the finer things in life (that don't involve oppressing the citizens of his country).

"The Dictator" is slated for May 11, 2012 and if it's in tune with Cohen's previous work, should be nothing less than hilarious and controversial. The movie is loosely based on a book penned by Hussein himself and while Cohen's adaptation is expected to be heavy on the satire, the movie should ruffle a few feathers (and beards) when it pops into theaters.

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator