Aasif Mandvi says his doctor role in Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Dictator” “makes no sense at all”

Aasif Mandvi says his doctor role in Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Dictator” “makes no sense at all” (photo)

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Aasif Mandvi has seen his share of democracy-crushing tyrants in his role as the “Middle East Correspondent” for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” but he’ll soon be appearing alongside one for Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming dark comedy, “The Dictator.”

“I played a doctor, which is a huge stretch for me as an Asian-American,” Mandvi joked to IFC. “I played a doctor, and most of what I say makes no sense at all – I’ll just say that.”

“The Dictator” is reportedly inspired by Saddam Hussein’s novel “Zabibah and the King,” and follows an oppressive autocrat who risks his life to keep his citizens firmly under his loving hand. Directed by “Borat” and “Brüno” helmer Larry Charles, its cast includes Ben Kingsley and Anna Faris among other actors, indicating that the film will be a more straightforward fictional film than Cohen’s “Borat” and Bruno,” which were shot as mockumentaries.

Mandvi couldn’t confirm that the film was different in execution than its predecessors, but indicated that it had a script for the actors to work from. “I honestly can’t speak to that, because I wasn’t around it long enough. I believe it’s more scripted, but I don’t really know that much about it.”

Related: Aasif Mandvi talks about acting, comedy and Middle Eastern Corresponding

While Mandvi isn’t sure whether or not his segment will end up in the film, he revealed that he’s just one of the performers who plays a small role in the film, or shows up in a cameo. “[My part] is literally very, very tiny,” he said. “I mean, I think there’s a lot of little, small cameos in that film, so if I don’t end up on the cutting room floor, I will be in that movie for about seven seconds.”

“The Dictator” is scheduled for release on May 11, 2012.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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