Magazine June 11, 2012, Issue

Tame Tyrant

Sacha Boren Cohen in The Dictator (Paramount Pictures)
A review of The Dictator

During the spring television season, my wife and I became strangely fascinated by the Manhattan real-estate agent Fredrik Eklund, who is featured prominently in Million Dollar Listing: New York, one of Bravo’s many reality-TV forays into the lifestyles of the rich and totally ridiculous. Eklund is long-faced and loose-limbed, with a strong Swedish accent, a permanent tan, and an implausible biography: The son of a prominent Swedish economist and civil servant (“the Alan Greenspan of Sweden,” Eklund dubs his dad), he spent his 20s founding tech startups while moonlighting as a gay porn star (under the pseudonym “Tag Eriksson”), and

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