Dominic Cooper Devil's Double Interview
Dominic Cooper Devil's Double Interview
When you see Uday on YouTube how do we know that it’s him and not Latif?

Dominic Cooper

We don’t. It could be Latif. But I can tell which one’s which in the photos. I don’t know how they didn’t. It’s ludicrous. It’s completely obvious, if you ask me.
So, the people around him and protecting him knew which one was which?

Dominic Cooper

I’d say yeah. I don’t think they looked enough alike in my opinion. I mean they looked very alike but you can see it in their eyes more than anything. One has a crazed mental look and one looks passive.
Latif survived 11 assassination attempts, didn’t he?

Dominic Cooper

Latif? Yeah, something like that. I never know what’s real and what’s not.
What does Latif think of the film?

Dominic Cooper

He loves it. I think he’s very proud of it. I think it’s very moving for him. I sat next to him in Berlin and watched it for the first time and he was very moved. You kind of remind yourself that he was reliving chunks of his life. But I just don’t know what it would be like to see your life playing out in front of you. It must be extraordinary. I got an essence of him in his situation; it’s not really meant to be him. I mean, did Uday really have those ridiculous ... well he did have those ridiculous teeth but I’m sure he didn’t have a high pitched cackle.
Have you kept the teeth?

Dominic Cooper

I have kept the teeth. Girls love ‘em [Laughs].
How do you feel about awards talk?

Dominic Cooper

It’s very, very nice that anyone would even mention it and I’m very careful with what I say about it. Your reaction can be taken in so many different ways. But these things come up and then they vanish. So, I don’t think there’s any point in thinking [about it] for a second longer than when it’s mentioned.
But do you read a script like this and have a sense ...

Dominic Cooper

Do you mean is it always in the back of your mind when you’re doing it?
Possibly, yeah.

Dominic Cooper

Um, I just gave myself that question! What a horrible thought! [Laughs] But it’s a good question. I think actors would lie if they didn’t say that when they took something on they wanted to do it incredibly well. Often, the opportunity doesn’t ever arise and it’s really hard to bring a great deal into a character. This was an opportunity to show two very different characters but I think it’s always best not to think about any of that stuff ever.
He did have those ridiculous teeth but I’m sure he didn’t have a high pitched cackle...
You were in two massive British hits – Mamma Mia and An Education – so is this your way of striking out on your own and taking your career in a different direction?

Dominic Cooper

I never set out to do that or tried to find something that could do that. It just came along. I just loved the idea of doing this particular script. I thought it was a mesmerising story. But I suppose it is quite a good way of doing that, now I look at it. It’s exciting when you’re given the opportunity to do something very different.
After playing such a monster, do you sigh a great sigh of relief and yearn to play an enchanted prince somewhere else? Or would you play someone similarly evil again?

Dominic Cooper

I don’t think it’s just about whether it’s evil ... if the prince is very multi-layered and complex and has within it different levels of emotion and goes on a journey, then I’d love to play that person. I’ve been lucky that a lot of the roles have actually been real-life people, which gives you a huge amount of back story. Often that stuff, you’re having to create that yourself – you’re creating a past and an identity for a character, and you can often make mistakes. You can often be unsure of your choices and when you’re not sure, it’s not firm grounding upon which to create a character.
You’re linked to two very big projects: Gotti and James Bond, after Daniel Craig vacates the role. Can you confirm or deny?

Dominic Cooper

I haven’t made a deal [for Gotti]. I met the director last week.
And Bond? Apparently you and Michael Fassbender are the two front-runners to replace Daniel Craig when he steps down.

Dominic Cooper

[Laughs] I haven’t heard that – I love that! Where have we heard that information? Get that up and running quickly and put me just ahead of him, please! Where’s that been said?
It's on numerous pages online.

Dominic Cooper

Numerous pages! Yes please. When is Daniel going? When is he stepping down?
Apparently after the next one.

Dominic Cooper

Perfect. Ooh! Aaaah! Can you imagine?
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