Baron Cohen's Russian armoured SUV
HE may be better known for travelling in donkey-drawn carts, but Sacha Baron Cohen will instead opt for another popular Russian mode of transport for his new film The Dictator.
Baron Cohen is known for his inventive characters - Ali G and Kazakhstani everyday man Borat, for example - but his new film will see him take on possibly his most outrageous character yet, one based on ex-dictator Saddam Hussein.
Russian armoured car manufacturer Dartz will provide Baron Cohen with a custom-made, all-gold armoured SUV that will be used as transport in the new film.
The film's website states that the "nothing less than fabulous, all gold Dartz armored truck" will be used as Baron Cohen's screen car, backing it up with a difficult-to-decipher release from the Russian company's owner, Leonard Yankelovich.
"Yakshemash, Dartz! Saddam Hussein. And that means that kazakh number one - Borat Sagdiev choose car from number one crazeee car supplier to crazeee kazakh's - Dartz," says Yankelovich, which apparently translates to a confirmation that Baron Cohen will drive a Dartz vehicle in the new film.
The model that will be seen in the film is believed to be the Prombron, a bullet- and bomb-proof Hummer-like four-wheel-drive with either a 8.1-litre V8 petrol engine or a 6.6-litre turbo diesel.
Dartz is better known for selling the world's most expensive SUV, the Prombron Red Diamond Edition, which is priced at about $1.6 million.
The four-tonne Red Diamond can withstand a rocket grenade attack, and its interior is trimmed with whale penis leather.
Paramount Pictures says the new film was inspired by the novel Zabibah and The King, which is widely reported to have been written by the former Iraqi dictator.
The Dictator is still in production, and is due to be released in May 2012. Stay tuned for pictures and details of Baron Cohen's gold Dartz as they come to hand.