Monday, May 16, 2011

The Scarface of the Middle East’ Shocks Audiences in Showings of The Devil's Double

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British actor Mem Ferda (Legacy) has provided some gory details on his upcoming film, The Devil's Double. To be released by Lionsgate in theatres July 27th, 2011, The Devil's Double is described both as biopic and as a gangland thriller, set in the harsh desert climes of Baghdad.

At recent showings, The Devil's Double has shocked audiences with a specific scene involving a brutal slaying, at a relaxing garden party. Ferda's character Kamel Hannah, a real life bodyguard of Saddam Hussein, upset Uday, Hussein's eldest son. And before you can shield your eyes, Hannah is disemboweled on the big screen, in graphic splashes of blood red.

Ferda says of the scene: "It was one of the most difficult scenes of my minute I’m standing drunk on top of a table, laughing maniacally and spraying machine gun fire...the next moment my guts are spilled all over the place by a machete slash to the stomach." This disturbing scene sent Sundance audience goers heading for the exits and thriller fans can get set to see this exciting scene and the full feature July 29th, in theatres. Enjoy two early movie stills of Ferda, left and below!
The synopsis for The Devil's Double is here:

"Bagdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought, but for a price. This is Uday Hussein’s world and with his depraved lust for debauchery and immorality, he helps himself to whatever turns him on.

When army lieutenant Latif Yahia, is summoned to Saddam’s palace, he is faced with an impossible request - to be Uday’s - fiday, his body double, or have his family condemned to death.

In a world entrenched in betrayal and corruption knowing who to trust becomes a matter of life or death for Latif, as he battles to escape from his forced existence" (Devil's Double).

Release Date: July 29th, 2011 (Theatrical).

Director: Lee Tamahori.

Writer: Michael Thomas.

Producer: Paul Breuls.

Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Mem Ferda, Raad Rawi and Khalid Laith.

*premiered in Sundance and Berlin (official selection).

**dubbed the ‘The Scarface of the Middle East’ by reviewers.

***Ferda's list of notable villain roles includes Dusan (The Crew), Hakeem (The Veteran), Vladimir (Ill Manors), Andriy (Legacy), Egor (Emulsion) and most recently Kamel Hannah (The Devil's Double).

Visit The Devil's Double homepage below, for more information:

The Devil's Double Official Website

Mem Ferda has also starred in Legacy, which released in 2010:

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