Israeli journalist Nimrod Dvir thought it was just another press conference when he was sent to cover the new movie ‘The Dictator’ for the Israeli entertainment show ‘Good Evening with Guy Pines,’(yep. That’s the name) but during that press conference, The Dictator, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, pulled down his golden gun and shoved it into Dvir’s crotch.
With ‘The Dictator,’ opening next weekend in America, Baron Cohen mocks Arab leaders by exaggeration of their behavior, and there are those who call the new comedy a free interpretation of Saddam Hussain’s autobiography, even though the appearance of ‘The Dictator’ himself (AKA ‘General Aladin’), reminds us a little bit like the former Lybian dictator, Muamar Guadaffi.
With all of the above, when Dvir presented himself as “Nimrod from Israel” to ask a question, it was almost inevitable that Baron Cohen would put on a show. “He asked me if I’m Jewish and I said I’m very Jewish,” Dvir tells Abbanibi. “Then he smiled, asked me to get closer to him and got up from his chair to meet me. He pulled out a golden gun, point it to my crotch and asked me to prove that I’m Jewish.”
Dvir played along with Baron Cohen’s little show and asked him if he really wants to see it, and when Baron Cohen said yes, Dvir said that he don’t want to show it because it’s so big. “He said that it’s probably very small, because if it was big I’d show him. So I unzipped my pants and let him peek inside, with all of the cameras flashing. So he shoved his gun in there.”
This little show was all about giving the Israeli press a little extra special treatment from the Israel-lover Sacha Baron Cohen, who spoke fluent Hebrew with an Israeli journalist during the promotion round of his last movie, ‘Borat,’ and told everyone that they are speaking Kazakh. However, nor Sacha Baron Cohen or his people came to apologize to Nimrod for this little embarrassment, “should they apologize?,” Nimrod says, “it’s all part of this game and I totally get it. Look what happened to Ryan Seacrest. When you’re in one room with Sacha Baron Cohen anything can happen.”