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Dominic Cooper Is 'The Devil's Double' In This Exclusive DVD Clip

18 November 2011 9:37 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

"The Devil's Double" is an impressive feat on a lot of levels, but there's no doubt that it's the work of actor Dominic Cooper as two wildly different roles — the psychotic son of Saddam Hussein, Uday, and his reluctant body double, Latif Yahia — that absolutely sells the movie. Even though the acting effort was a fantastic success on Cooper's part, there were some initial doubts about how the "Devil's Double" production team would be able to pull it off.

"Even as I was writing this, I was thinking, 'I don't know how the f--- we're going to do this,'" confesses writer Michael Thomas in this exclusive clip from the "Devil's Double" DVD, in stores on Tuesday (November 22). "How are you going to get a performance out of one guy, then another performance out of the same guy at the same time, when they're in practically every single scene?"

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- Josh Wigler

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My favourite film: Backbeat

17 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In our writers' favourite film series, Paul Owen explains why the Beatles bromance between John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe strikes a chord

• Not swayed by this perspective? Twist and shout in the comments below

Backbeat tells the story of the Beatles' pre-fame Hamburg days, focusing on Stuart Sutcliffe, the band's magnetically sexy original bassist, and his relationships with John Lennon and the beautiful and exotic German photographer Astrid Kirchherr. It's a great premise, and director and co-writer Iain Softley tells the tale with all the smart dramatic pacing, period detail and musical verve you might hope for. But, perhaps more surprisingly, he also creates a complex and emotionally sophisticated portrayal of love, friendship and attraction.

Softley hews to received wisdom in his presentation of the Beatles: John is talented, scabrous and aggressive, Paul weak and duplicitous, George third among equals (Ringo makes only a brief appearance). But his portrayal of »

- Paul Owen

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The Devil's Double Receives a Golden Gala

26 September 2011 10:59 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The Pathe Tuschinski Theatre hosted a "Golden Gala" for the film The Devil's Double. Several cast members were in attendance including Dominic Cooper, Mem Ferda, Raad Rawi and Mimoun Oaissa. Also, the biographer Latif Yahia, on whom The Devil's Double is based, was in attendance with writer Michael Thomas. The event was golden in theme, with some of the events matching the glamorous moments of the film, as noted by actor Ferda: "of all the premieres I have attended this has truly been the most spectacular."

The Pathe Tuschinski Theatre is located in Amsterdam and this event was held September 5th. Organizers of the event included Corrino Media Group, Corsan, Staccato and A-Film. The event was a huge success as seen by the photos in the slideshow below. Enjoy the red carpet glamour of The Devil's Double, which is in theatres now.

The synopsis for the film is here:

"Bagdad, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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The Devil's Double – review

13 August 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This flashy thriller, an English-speaking co-production between Belgium, the Netherlands, Malta and the United States shot partly in Jordan, is a fictionalised biography of Latif Yahia, the hapless double for Saddam Hussein's elder son Uday from the Iraq-Iran war to the first Gulf war. The screenwriter, Michael Thomas, handled similarly salacious political material with greater skill in Scandal, the 1988 study of the John Profumo/Christine Keeler affair, and while the film is fairly entertaining, it has nothing new to say about Iraq and little that is original about doppelgangers. Dominic Cooper, however, gives a convincing, at times truly chilling dual performance as Latif and Uday, making an effective distinction between the man of honour, forced to assume another's identity to protect his family, and the sadistic libertine and homicidal psychopath who becomes his puppeteer.

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The Devil's Double: UK premiere report, new poster and trailer remix

4 August 2011 6:38 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Dominic Cooper has a dual starring role in The Devil's Double, released in the UK by Icon Film Distribution on August 10.

The actor can also be seen in Marvel's current release Captain America: The First Avenger, in which he plays Iron Man's father Howard Stark, and was previously in Tamara Drewe, An Education and The Duchess.

As The Devil's Double gears up to hit cinemas, we have a video report in which Cooper, the real double Latif Yahia and Dominic's co-star Ludivine Sagnier introduce the UK premiere of the film. Screenwriter Michael Thomas, who adapted Latif's autobiographical novel for the big screen, also appeared at the event.

We also have some new posters for the release, plus a trailer remix by American VJ Mike Relm. For the trailer and stills from the film, see my earlier report here.

Based on true events, director Lee Tamahori's movie begins in »

- David Bentley

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Fantasia 2011: The Devil's Double (2011)

4 August 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Lee Tamahori's The Devil's Double is one of the most disturbing films. However, Tamahori shows with intelligence the daily horrors of Saddam Hussein's regime.

The film is based on the life of Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), a military officer. He's forced to become the "fiday", a body double, for Uday Hussein (also played by Cooper), the eldest son of president Saddam Hussein (Phillip Quast). To prevent the assassination of Uday, Latif must learn to walk and talk like Uday. Moreover, he must forget his family. During the invasion of Kuwait in 1991, Latif must pass off as Uday to boost the Iraqi troops' morale.

As time goes by, Latif sees that Uday is a devil. The son of president Hussein has an appetite for sex, easy women, school girls, drugs and violence. Latif finds solace in the arms of Sarrab (Ludivine Sagnier), Uday's mistress. However, Latif eventually plans to flee Iraq. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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The Devil’S Double, The Whistleblower, The Smurfs: 2011 Premiere Photos

2 August 2011 5:56 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Devil’s Double, The Whistleblower, The Smurfs 2011 Premiere Photos. The Devil’s Double, The Whistleblower, The Smurfs recently premiered their films to the world and the stars in them, Mem Ferda, Dominic Cooper, Rachel Weisz, and Katy Perry, showed up to celebrate the occasion. The recent movie premieres took place in New York City and in Los Angeles, California.

Mem FerdaDominic Cooper The Devil’s Double premiere photo:

Mem Ferda, Dominic Cooper, The Devil’s Double Premiere

We previously posted The Devil’s Double (2011) Movie Trailer: Dominic Cooper, Lee Tamahori and The Devil’s Double (2011) Movie Poster: Lee Tamahori, Dominic Cooper.

The Devil’s Double plot synopsis:

Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s The Devil’S Double takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Chicago Passes to Saddam Hussein Film ‘The Devil’s Double’ With Dominic Cooper

26 July 2011 2:08 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest dramatic biography edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the new film “The Devil’s Double” starring Dominic Cooper as the man who was forced to become the double of Saddam Hussein’s sadistic son!

Based on a true story, “The Devil’s Double” also stars Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim, Khalid Laith, Pano Masti and Nasser Memarzia from director Lee Tamahori and writer Michael Thomas based on the novel by Latif Yahia.

The film opens in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2011. To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “The Devil’s Double” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Devils Double movie poster 2

19 June 2011 9:20 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Poster for Lee Tamahori's The Devil's Double, starring Dominic Cooper. The second poster is in from The Devil's Double which also includes Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim, Khalid Laith and Pano Masti. Michael Thomas adapts the screeenplay, based on the novel by Latif Yahia. See under the poster for more about the movie. The year is 1987 and Baghdad is the playground for the rich and infamous- where anything can be bought, for a price. When army lieutenant, Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), is summoned from the frontline to Saddam’s palace, he is faced with an impossible request – to be Iraq's notorious Black Prince Uday Hussein's ‘fiday ,’ his body double. With his family's lives as well as his own on the line, his fate is decided. Latif begins his journey as Uday Hussein, a man as widely hated as he is powerful. As he learns to walk, »

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The Devils Double movie poster 2

19 June 2011 9:20 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Poster for Lee Tamahori's The Devil's Double, starring Dominic Cooper. The second poster is in from The Devil's Double which also includes Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim, Khalid Laith and Pano Masti. Michael Thomas adapts the screeenplay, based on the novel by Latif Yahia. See under the poster for more about the movie. The year is 1987 and Baghdad is the playground for the rich and infamous- where anything can be bought, for a price. When army lieutenant, Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), is summoned from the frontline to Saddam’s palace, he is faced with an impossible request – to be Iraq's notorious Black Prince Uday Hussein's ‘fiday ,’ his body double. With his family's lives as well as his own on the line, his fate is decided. Latif begins his journey as Uday Hussein, a man as widely hated as he is powerful. As he learns to walk, »

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The Devils Double movie poster 2

19 June 2011 9:20 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Poster for Lee Tamahori's The Devil's Double, starring Dominic Cooper. The second poster is in from The Devil's Double which also includes Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim, Khalid Laith and Pano Masti. Michael Thomas adapts the screeenplay, based on the novel by Latif Yahia. See under the poster for more about the movie. The year is 1987 and Baghdad is the playground for the rich and infamous- where anything can be bought, for a price. When army lieutenant, Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), is summoned from the frontline to Saddam’s palace, he is faced with an impossible request – to be Iraq's notorious Black Prince Uday Hussein's ‘fiday ,’ his body double. With his family's lives as well as his own on the line, his fate is decided. Latif begins his journey as Uday Hussein, a man as widely hated as he is powerful. As he learns to walk, »

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The Devil’s Double Gets a UK Poster + New Images

17 June 2011 3:40 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Here’s the brand new UK poster for Dominic Cooper’s new movie, The Devil’s Double which is much like the Us version only rather less gold! The Devil’s Double is directed by Lee Tamahori and also stars Ludivine Sagnier , Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda , Dar Salim, Khalid Laith and Pano Masti. It screened at Sundance earlier this year and reports that I’ve seen are looking good.

It’s set for release in the UK on August 12th and hits Us cinemas 29th July. If you missed the trailer for it, you can have a little watch here.

Synopsis: Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s The Devil’S Double takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein ’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia »

- David Sztypuljak

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The ‘Scarface of the Middle East’ Shocks Audiences in Showings of The Devil's Double

16 May 2011 3:40 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

British actor Mem Ferda (Legacy) has provided some gory details on his upcoming film, The Devil's Double. To be released by Lionsgate in theatres July 27th, 2011, The Devil's Double is described both as biopic and as a gangland thriller, set in the harsh desert climes of Baghdad.

At recent showings, The Devil's Double has shocked audiences with a specific scene involving a brutal slaying, at a relaxing garden party. Ferda's character Kamel Hannah, a real life bodyguard of Saddam Hussein, upset Uday, Hussein's eldest son. And before you can shield your eyes, Hannah is disemboweled on the big screen, in graphic splashes of blood red.

Ferda says of the scene: "It was one of the most difficult scenes of my life...one minute I’m standing drunk on top of a table, laughing maniacally and spraying machine gun fire...the next moment my guts are spilled all over the place »

- Remove28DaysLaterAnalysisThis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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New Trailer for The Devil's Double Arrives

26 April 2011 8:58 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Watch a brand new trailer for the upcoming film “The Devil’s Double” featuring a riveting double performance by Dominic Cooper (An Education, Mama Mia) in the roles of Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein, “The Devil’s Double” is a dynamic, chilling adaptation of Latif Yahia’s autobiographical novel, charting one man’s defiant struggle to survive a viper’s pit of corruption and brutality. The film is directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day, XXX: State Of The Union) and written by Michael Thomas (Backbeat, Scandal). Synopsis: Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s The Devil’S Double takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of »

- Brian Corder

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Dominic Cooper Stars in this First Trailer for The Devil's Double

26 April 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The real life exploits of Uday Hussein were chronicled by his body double Latif Yahia, in his novel The Devil's Double. Now, this autobiography is to be turned into a film, which will release in theatres July 29th. The first trailer for The Devil's Double is here and actor Dominic Cooper plays two roles: Uday Hussein and his body double, Latif Yahia. Have a look at the clip below, as Uday shows the power associated with unlimited wealth, with little restraint and without conscience.

The synopsis for The Devil's Double is here:

"Bagdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought, but for a price. This is Uday Hussein’s world and with his depraved lust for debauchery and immorality, he helps himself to whatever turns him on.

When army lieutenant Latif Yahia, is summoned to Saddam’s palace, he is faced with an impossible request »

- Remove28DaysLaterAnalysisThis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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The Devil’s Double Trailer and Poster

26 April 2011 12:04 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

The Devil's Double Poster

Lionsgate has sent over a movie trailer and poster from their upcoming 80′s set Middle Eastern thriller “The Devil’s Double.”

Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s “The Devil’s Double” takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ – or body double – to Saddam’s son, the notorious “Black Prince” Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality.

With his and his family’s lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, talk and act like Uday. But nothing »

- Allan Ford

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‘The Devil’s Double’ Trailer

25 April 2011 10:34 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I had never even heard of The Devil’s Double until its wonderfully absurd poster premiered on Tuesday, and that was more than enough to make me curious. Thankfully, a trailer has just shown up at Yahoo!, and it does a good job of fulfilling my desire to know more about the film.

I found myself with a big grin on my face from the very beginning, and it stayed there until after it had ended. This thing just looks ridiculous, but in the best way possible. You have Dominic Cooper playing Uday (son of Saddam) Hussein, as well as his double (because why not!), and they seem to be taking a more cartoonish approach to a dark figure. Dan Mecca‘s review from Sundance makes it seem like it could fall in line with what’s set up here, and I’m actually pretty excited. Seriously, any piece of »

- Nick Newman

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The Devil’S Double (2011) Movie Trailer: Dominic Cooper, Lee Tamahori

25 April 2011 6:41 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Devil’s Double Movie Trailer has premiered. Lee Tamahori‘s The Devil’s Double (2011) stars Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sangier, Raad Rawi, Dar Salim, and Philip Quast. The Devil’s Double (2011)’s plot synopsis: “Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s The Devil’S Double takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ – or body double – to Saddam’s son, the notorious “Black Prince” Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family’s lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, »

- filmbook

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Fantastic Movie Trailer for The Devil's Double

25 April 2011 5:12 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The Devil's Double looks like one hell of an awesome film, that could go down as a corruption classic film like Scarface. It just has all those insane elements that makes for badass film. Lionsgate released a trailer for the movie that you have to watch. 

The film was directed by Lee Tamahori and stars Dominic Cooper who pull's off some double duty acting skills by playing two different roles in the film... Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein. The film is based on a true story, and was adapted from the autobiographical novel by Yahia. It's about a man who is forced to become the double of Saddam Hussein's sadistic son. Michael Thomas wrote the script.

Here's the synopsis for the film:

Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein's palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia is thrust into the highest echelons of the "royal family" when he's ordered »

- Venkman

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The Devil’S Double (2011) Movie Poster: Lee Tamahori, Dominic Cooper

20 April 2011 11:19 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Devil’s Double Movie Poster has premiered. Lee Tamahori‘s The Devil’s Double (2011) stars Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sangier, Raad Rawi, Dar Salim, and Philip Quast. The Devil’s Double (2011)’s plot synopsis: “Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s The Devil’S Double takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ – or body double – to Saddam’s son, the notorious “Black Prince” Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family’s lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, »

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