Friday, 17 June 2011

'Arab Scarface' The Devil's Double coming soon ...

In the run-up to the release of my dad's film "The Devil's Double," an Iraq-set gangster thriller starring Dominic Cooper as both Uday Hussein and his body double Latif Yahia, ArchBlog is going to engage in some shameless tub-thumping. HanPicked & I saw it at the Berlin International Film Festival back in February and it went down a treat. While I'm obvs biased, the critics also dug it, especially at Sundance, where it was dubbed an “Arab Scarface” by Screen International and Yen Yamato of Movieline called it the “guiltiest thrill” of the festival. The Wrap described it as “Three Kings meets Scarface meets Goodfellas.”

Much of the buzz surrounding the Lee Tamahori-directed film is about Cooper's breakout role. Variety described it as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for character actor Dominic Cooper (usually relegated to dreamy supporting parts)” as it “allows the Brit thesp to tackle two juicy, red-meat roles, playing opposite ends of the moral spectrum as both Latif and Uday – often in the same shot. In fact, Double’s seamless split-screen work makes The Social Network’s high-tech twinning effects look as old-fashioned as Friendster.” “In utter command of both roles, Cooper differentiates between the two beautifully, suggesting Latif’s necessarily restrained natural cockiness and seething resentment at his lot in life while letting out all the stops as the mercurial Uday,” praised The Hollywood Reporter.

Here are a selection of promo images recently released. The top two were given as exclusives to

In coming days, I'll post the official trailer and some more images.

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