Dev Patel, who stars in the upcoming comedy-drama “A Personal History by David Copperfield” as the Victorian-era novelist, said he deeply related to Copperfield’s beginnings, when preparing forI the role. “I related to so much of David’s awkwardness and search for identity which I’m still trying to figure out,” Patel said. “And also owning your past and in doing so, that goes into his writing and becomes his greatest success in a way.”

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