The easiest way to describe 'Devil's Double,'Lee Tamahori's disturbing film about Saddam Hussein's sociopathic son Uday and his reluctant (to say the least) body double, Latif Yahia, is to call it "'Scarface' in the Middle East." But like any easy description, that one doesn't tell the whole story: unlike Tony Montana, Uday Hussein was born in full possession of the world -- or at least the part of it his father ruled -- and his richly deserved comeuppance didn't come until long after the story had ended. (The film is set during the first Gulf War, and Uday was killed by U.S. forces in 2003).

Yahia, for his part, never wanted to be the bad guy. He was forced to serve as Uday's fiday -- which means "body double, or bullet catcher," as the real Yahia explains in this AOL original video. To make him more like his evil doppelganger, Yahia's captors performed surgery on his jaws and teeth and compelled him to adopt Uday's tastes in everything from cigarettes to torture.
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The Devil's Double
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Having been forced to act as a body double for one of Saddam Hussein's sons, Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper)... Read More