The Devil's Double
is a 2011 film about Uday Hussein, the psychopathic son of Saddam Hussein, and Latif Yahia, his reluctant Body Double
. Based loosely on Latif's autobiography.
This film provides examples of:
- Acting for Two: Dominic Cooper, playing both Latif and Uday.
- Anything That Moves: Uday, and he is quite proud of this fact. He even openly admits that he loves boning more than his country, his mother, his father, and even God!
- Ax-Crazy: Uday.
- Berserk Button: Do not refer to Uday as a faggot. Good Lord. Just don't.
- Body Double: Latif of course, and various clones of Saddam Hussein.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Uday replaces almost every other word, no matter his mood.
- Country Matters: Uday's a fan of saying it a lot and obtaining it by any means necessary.
- Crossdresser: Who Uday has a crush on.
- Depraved Bisexual: Uday.
- Ephebophile: Uday picks up/abducts girls outside schools. Later his goons dump their dead bodies in the desert.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Uday hates an aide of his father who provides him with concubines, saying he doesn't like seeing his mother an emotional wreck because of Saddam's escapades with them. He later guts this aide when he has a psychological breakdown of his own.
- Fake Nationality: Most of the main actors are not Iraqi. (Dominic Cooper is British, Philip Quast is Australian, Ludevine Sagnier is French)
- Fanservice: Constant! Two Dominic Coopers. Naked Dominic Cooper. Dominic Cooper cavorting with drag queens. Dominic Cooper whipping shirtless Dominic Cooper.
- Faux Affably Evil: Uday seems almost cartoonishly friendly when he's in a good mood...or even when he's threatening to drop that facade.
- Femme Fatale: Sarrab.
- Firing in the Air a Lot: Uday.
- Foregone Conclusion: Uday Hussein was killed by American military forces in 2003. Knowing this, it's obvious going in that Latif's assassination attempt is going to fail.
- Hookers and Blow: Basically Uday's entire life.
- Hope Spot: You know that Uday is going to survive Latif's assassination attempt in the film's ending, and the woman Uday invites into his car even tries to throw off Latif's aim it's subverted when although Uday survives the attempt, Latif successfully fires two bullets into his groin leaving Uday in visible, horrible agony, and according to the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue credits, crippling him for the remainder of his life and probably leaving him unable to pursue any sexual adventures, consensual or otherwise.
- I Have No Son: More or less—Saddam tells Uday he wishes he had never been born.
- Or rather, that he should have been gelded at birth. Karma belatedly fulfills his wish in the ending.
- Interrupted Suicide. Twice. First Uday takes a lot of sleeping pills then later on, Latif slashes his wrists.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While Latif's assassination attempt fails, he does land two shots in Uday's crotch, effectively emasculating him. With all he's done up to that point, it is a welcome sight.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Uday.
- Slasher Smile: Uday has, as Dominic Cooper put it, "extraordinarily strange teeth." Latif wears a false pair when pretending to be Uday.
- Translation Convention: It's set (obviously) in Iraq, but everyone speaks English.