I get pissed off when someone tells me I look like Whoopi Goldberg. Nothing against her but holy crap, seriously? But as much bitching I do about that, can you imagine looking like one of the most sadistic bastards to ever walk the earth?
***Warning: This movie is NOT family-friendly***
The Devil’s Double (2011)
Director: Lee Tamahori
Written by: Michael Thomas and Latif Yahia
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, and Raad Rawi
Synopis (courtesy of imb)
A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein’s sadistic son.
Summoned from his job in the Iraqi army, Latif (who has often been told of his resemblance to Saddam’s oldest son) is made an offer he can’t refuse: become Uday’s double (the term was “The Fiday” meaning bullet catcher)
Latif refused at first and after being tortured plus promised with the death of his family if he doesn’t agree, he finally gives in.
I can’t even begin to tell you how horrified I was for Latif. This is based on his accounts as a doppelganger for one of the most disgusting creatures on earth. The reign of Saddam Hussein has been well-documented and the stories of his sons talked about. I mean, I knew about Saddam but didn’t know the extent of his or his sons’ depravity until later on.
I feel for the innocent people in Iraqi but I have to say that I am forever thankful I didn’t grow up there.
This biopic is probably the last of what we will likely ever know about Uday. I’m sure there are other accounts but to be told from someone who actually stepped into Uday’s shoes is somewhat disconcerting. How Latif Yahia survived without losing his mind is beyond me. Thrust into the world of the Husseins, Latif struggles to keep his soul intact while making sure that people around them believe he is actual Uday. Its insane. I can’t even pinpoint a particular scene without creating a post full of spoilers. I will tell you there a lot of disturbing scenes, A LOT of them.
Dominic Cooper is riveting and delivers a mesmerizing performance as both Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein. He is sympathetic (as Latif) and yet displays a highly convincing portrayal Uday’s psychopathic tendencies. You don’t get the warm fuzzies watching Uday, trust me, even when you see how Saddam treats his family but I’m totally on Latif’s side with this. You can’t help but feel for him.
This is one performance that was totally overlooked by the Academy and they ought to get their asses kicked for it.
You have to wonder sometimes why people act the way they do. Maybe they weren’t hugged enough as a child, maybe they weren’t allowed sleepovers or to stay up past bedtime, I don’t know. I just can’t wrap my head around some of the evil that actual people can and will do. Granted, I love a good horror story but I can excuse it as FICTION. The bogeyman always gets his just desserts in the end.
As for Uday Hussein?
Well…I’m just glad there’s one less evil bastard in the world.
Say goodnight to the bad guy.