‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Star J.B. Smoove Brings Smooveness to ‘The Dictator’

Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming movie The Dictator, wherein he plays a crazy, bearded zealot who finds himself adrift in the United States, just keeps on adding awesome names to its cast. Already it had names like Anna Faris, John C. Reilly, John Mantzoukas, and even Ben Kingsley set to take part, and now it’s added Larry David’s permanent houseguest Leon to the mix.

If you haven’t managed to see any of David’s HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, first, shame on you, and second, you need to know that one of the biggest revelations to come out of that classic show is the powerful comedic prowess of J.B. Smoove. This guy has got the goods. Just look at that name. He showed up for about five minutes as a cab driver in Date Night, and completely stole that movie away from rock solid comedic actors like Steve Carell and Tina Fey. I can’t imagine what he’s going to do when paired up with the insanity of a Sacha Baron Cohen production. Early word is that Smoove (I love typing that) is set to play a character named Usher. No details are known about who the character is, but does there really need to be? His name is Usher, it’s going to be funny. [THR]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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