Saddam's Al Pacino Shtick


The Al Pacino of …And Justice For All, that is (no Scent of a Woman "hoo-yahs" need apply). From the start of the trial of the 21st century (October 2005 edition):

Saddam—holding a copy of the Quran he brought with him into the session and held throughout—replied quietly, "I said what I said. I am not guilty," referring to his arguments earlier in the session.

Amin read out the plea, "Innocent."

The confrontation then became physical. When a break was called, Saddam stood, smiling, and asked to step out of the room. When two guards tried to grab his arms to escort him out, he angrily shook them off.

They tried to grab him again, and Saddam struggled to free himself. Saddam and the guards shoved each other and yelled for about a minute.

More here.

All that's missing is a "You're outta order! You're outta order!" moment. And maybe a cameo by a plate-throwing Jeffrey Tambor. And a death sentence. Or at least something tougher than exile in Nigeria.