Dominic Cooper onhand at L.A. fest screening
“Devil’s Double,” indeed.Dominic Cooper plays Saddam Hussein’s hot-headed son Uday, as well as his body double, Latif Yahia, in the Lionsgate and Herrick Entertainment pic. On Monday at the L.A. Film Fest, Cooper couldn’t attend the afterparty at the Ritz-Carlton’s WP24, since he had to jet back to the New Orleans set of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” But Cooper did take time to tell Variety that he’d chased the “Devil’s” project hard, and is grateful that it has opened doors, including a meeting with Tony Gilroy for the lead in “The Bourne Legacy.” “Sometimes you just need an opportunity to show what you can do,” said Cooper, who used a voice coach to help keep his two accents straight. The accents were the easy part. “The problem with playing Uday was I had no sympathy for him and I couldn’t understand any of his behavior, as he seemed to have no moral code. The more I read about him, the more I hated and despised him,” said Cooper. “I had to go back and look at who his dad was, the things he was exposed to as a kid and his love for his mother. At least then you have some fiber of a human being you can work with.”
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