7 Sep, 2011 @ 18:20
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Cohen’s ‘Dictator’ in Spanish protest chaos

THE lines between fact and fiction became hilariously blurred when a real-life protest against constitutional change came face to face with a fictitious demo from Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film.

Under his new guise as The Dictator, British funnyman Cohen had brought 400 ‘revolutionaries’ to Sevilla’s main square, protesting over a statue of ‘Aladeen’, Cohen’s main character.

But the Ali G actor – bedecked in heavy beard and dark glasses – had not factured in the arrival of 100 people protesting against last week’s constitutional reforms.

And almost inevitably, in classic comedy timing, the two ‘protests’ ended up at loggerheads in Plaza de Espana where the ‘real’ demonstration was angrily blocked from handing its petition to the Junta.

Following an intervention from the police the protestors were finally granted access to the building and a bemused Cohen could get back to filming.

His latest flick, also known as ‘Finchley Dreams’ tells the tale of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy never comes to his country.

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