The crazy film Osama Bin Laden kept in his Pakistan hideout

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Now here’s a question to ask at the pub this weekend: What DVD did Osama bin Laden spend his days watching in hiding? You’ll get a lot of wrong answers, but one strange truth will come to light: Of all the things the CIA found out about bin Laden when his bunker was finally found, it was the banal, everyday revelations that proved the most mind-bending. contrast.

Whether it was complaining about the tactics Arsene Wenger employed at last night’s Arsenal game in his diary or illegal downloads of the Super Mario Bros video game, these everyday things strangely humanized him in a way that’s hard to reconcile. Such was the scale of his atrocities that we nearly split him into some kind of legendary figure beyond the normal life and dance of mankind.

You just can’t imagine such an evil figure ever engaging in normal activities: eating a cheese sandwich, stubbed your toe, getting a nasty haircut, watching a DVD. However, the DVD in question says a lot about him. And no, he didn’t revel in the ways of his fellow atrocity-man Stuart Little.

In 2008, the world’s most famous burger fanatic, Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Memade a documentary called Where in the world is Osama bin Laden?? It was, after all, the question on everyone’s lips. Bin Laden was apparently one of the few people who knew the answer to Spurlock’s question, but he was interested in asking it anyway.

The documentary comes with a simple synopsis: “Morgan Spurlock tours the Middle East to discuss the war on terror.” During the film, he interviews a variety of people about bin Laden, Islamic fundamentalism, the West’s incursion, concerns about his impending fatherhood, and plans to turn Tora Bora into an amusement park.

Ultimately, two things come to light on his journey: ordinary people in the Middle East are just ordinary people like those watching (obviously, with a few notable exceptions), and that bin Laden is surely hiding somewhere in the Abbottabad area in Pakistan. near the Afghan border. In fact, Spurlock even considered a trip to a specific part of the region only to decide it wasn’t worth the risk.

Ominously, however, as he surmised, it was in this very region that bin Laden would later be found and killed three years after the film’s release. It’s hard to say if it was this detail that caught the terrorist’s eye or the egotistical angle he just loved hearing about himself, but it’s apparently true that despicable fans certainly have a penchant for seeing themselves represented in the film.

Interestingly, Adolf Hitler is also said to have seen himself depicted in the work of Charlie Chaplin. The great Dictator on two separate occasions. When Chaplin found out about this, he said, “I’d give anything to know what I thought about it.” I’m sure Spurlock is asking the same thing now that his spine has hopefully stopped shaking. And I guess, in a weird way, it’s the weirdest compliment that’s ever been paid to a filmmaker.

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