Dominic Cooper might be getting a lot of buzz for his roles as Howard Stark in “Captain America: The First Avenger” and as Henry Sturgess in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” but with “The Devil’s Double” hitting theaters this weekend, there are another two character we should be spending our time talking about: Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein.
MTV News caught up with Cooper at the Sundance Film Festival to talk about the movie in which the “An Education” star plays both the insane son of Sadam Hussein and the man forced to be his body double. Unsurprisingly, it was a bit of an interesting experience for Cooper to shoot.
“[Uday is] so extreme and having that flexibility and deliberation to just go as crazy and berserk as I liked was exhilarating but it was also very technical the way in which we had to film it,” Cooper said. “We would film things and the camera had to be in a memory lock and reshoot the scene exactly as we’d done it for me to be able to step in as the other character and reshoot it so more often than not I’d be acting opposite no one.”
Originally, Cooper wasn’t even supposed to be involved in the movie. He shared that it was a script that he had read years ago when different directors and different actors were attached to it. Cooper was given the script to read but was told he wouldn’t be reading for it, but after he showed interest and met with director Lee Tamabori, he ended up signing on to the flick.
“It was important for us to be making a biopic,” he explained. “We are using a story that is evidently true because Latif [Yahia] is still alive, the man who was forced into being his body double, but we manipulated the story and exaggerated. It’s a gangster film, they are gangsters living in a very difficult environment where no laws or rules apply because it was a gangster-run country.”
So how was it working opposite himself? “I’m terrible to work with, actually. I’ve always known that,” Cooper said with a laugh.
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