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Looks Interesting: Devil’s Double

You may have, in the last 2-3 weeks, seen ads for a new movie called “Devil’s Double”. It is a dramatized version of the personal account of Latif Yahia, a guy who the misfortune to be recruited as a body double for Uday Hussein (the elder psycho son of Saddam Hussein).

Note that the psychotic and highly sadistic behavior of Saddam Hussein’s elder son was well-known even when his father was in the good graces of the american establishment.

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  1. Commander Shepard
    July 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I’m definitely gonna check it out in theaters.

  2. With the thoughts you’d be thinkin
    July 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Wonder when is gonna be released here

  3. Ted
    July 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    It is pretty slick looking, but I think it would have been more realistic to have it filmed in Arabic.

    Most of their cast is Middle-Eastern. Having said that, do you think any Arab country would want a film critical of a sadistic son of any ruler filmed within their borders?

    • Ted
      July 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      The guy who plays Latif is British actor Dominic Cooper. Unlike the half-Indian, half-English Ben Kingsley (born Krishna Banji), I don’t think Cooper is a stage name for an aspiring Brit-Arab actor. The British accent does seep through in a couple of the scenes in the trailer. That also happened with British-born Dev Patel in “Slumdog Millionaire”


      At least, he does not look British.

      I’m not one to say an Arab actor must play an Arab, or a Mexican actor must play a Mexican. It’s not as bad as Jake Gyllenhal playing “The Prince of Persia.”

      • Ted
        August 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

        With most films based on history, there is some creative license. According to Roger Ebert:

        “This movie is not quite based on fact. Tamahori and writer Michael Thomas make it clear they’ve fictionalized a great deal, and although they cite Latif Yahia’s own book as their source, that itself is a novel. In life, I learn, Latif was groomed as Uday’s double as early as his school days. Nor did he plot Uday’s death. His story raises the question of whether his real life role was quite as upstanding as it seems here; he would have much reason to portray himself in a favorable light.”

        He goes on to give it a very good review.

        http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110803/REVIEWS/110809989
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        They have made the story more movie friendly.

        However, Uday Hussein was known to behave like Caligula.

  4. Simon Rierdon
    July 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Looks like an entertaining movie but definitely a propaganda movie. No one really knows for sure what the Hussein brothers were like, all we have is what the government has spoon fed to us. Actually, given that they were sons of a supposed dictator, I don’t blame them for having all the fun they could.

    • July 30, 2011 at 1:57 am

      What about the testimony of Latif Yahia? Why should he lie?

  5. demirogue
    July 30, 2011 at 7:47 am

    He was the product of inbreeding and was inflicted with the worst outcomes from it. Not saying that all inbreeding will lead to Uday’s, but sometimes it will.

    Something else to think about but since more women are having children with fewer men, aka “harems”, will people like Uday become the norm? Unstable or with some other mental disorder?

  6. demirogue
    July 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

    What I should say is that their offspring will slowly but surely inbreed and the outcome will effectively be one of less mental stability and ability.

  7. July 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I’ll wait for the sequel…Advocatus Deux 😉

  8. August 1, 2011 at 1:01 am

    We could turn back the clock several decades:
    Ethnic role = Anthony Quinn or Yul Brynner.
    Quinn would be Uday and Brynner his lookalike.

    Inbreeding tends to concentrate traits, both good and bad. For the Jews it seems to have resulted in high intelligence and genetic diseases such as Tay-Sachs.

    For the Bau clan of northern Italy, centuries of inbreeding has resulted in a population naturally endowed with centenarian lifespans.

    Thus, the inbreeding of royalty and the nobility was not necessarily irrational.

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