May 24, 2017

Sacha Baron Cohen wants J.B. Smoove for “Dictator”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Curb your enthusiasm about this next casting announcement; “Curb Your Enthusiasm” co-star J.B. Smoove has a new gig.

The comedian has joined “The Dictator,” Sacha Baron Cohen’s in-production comedy about a despot who “risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed,” a Paramount press release states. No word on who Smoove will play, though, as THR reports details of the comedy, which is being directed by “Borat” helmer Larry Charles, are “being closely guarded.”

Now that Smoove also is back on screen in HBO’s “Curb” with Larry David, he’s taking the time to launch a new endeavor. The “Hall Pass” actor will launch a comedy Web site over at TheRuckus.com, where he’ll likely promote upcoming appearances in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” and the Jonah Hill comedy, “The Sitter.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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