'The Dictator' takes his camel out in Cannes

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Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, left, falls off a camel during a photo call for The Dictator at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, left, falls off a camel during a photo call for The Dictator at the 65th international …

CANNES, France (AP) — "The Dictator" knows how to make a scene.

Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy character turned up at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday with two of his model bodyguards and a camel, bringing the famed Croisette promenade to a standstill.

It's his latest stunt for "The Dictator," released May 16, where he plays Admiral General Aladeen, the freedom-hating military dictator of the fictional North African Republic of Wadiya.

The sight of Baron Cohen taking a camel for a stroll along the avenue of designer boutiques, followed by dozens of photographers, bemused locals. He even managed to fall off the camel, which had a "Wadiya 1" license plate.

Cannes Film Festival, which runs until May 27, is a popular place for promotional stunts.

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