I watched the Lionsgate 2011 Belgian-Dutch film “The Devil’s Double” on Netflix DVD. I was directed by Lee Tamahori (Once We Were Warriors, Along Came a Spider, Die Another Day, XXX: State of the Union) and written by Michael Thomas (Ladyhawke, The 33). Based on the true story of Uday Hussein, the playboy son of Saddam Hussein, who recruits an Iraqi soldier, Latif Yahia, who he knew from school, to be his body double.
Uday is clinically insane, lives mafia style, and get away with everything because he is the Iraqi presidents son. He has any girl he wants, including trolling for school age girls on the streets. Latif doesn’t like this arrangement but his life and his families lives depends on his cooperation.
Latif and Uday are played brilliantly by Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Reasonable Doubt, Need for Speed, Dracula Untold, Warcraft, TV series Agent Carter).
The movie was filmed in the Arab country of Jordan and Malta which is 50 miles south of Italy. I was first seen at the January 2011 Sundance Film Festival and then released in theaters that July.
Since Saddam and Uday were killed by American forces, the real Latif Yahia felt safe enough to tell his story, used for the movie. He appears on the DVD extras giving his account of what happened to him. It is very interesting.