This week sees Dominic Cooper take on dual roles in The Devil's Double, playing Saddam Hussein's twisted offspring Uday Hussein and Latif Yahia, the man hired to be his body double. Digital Spy picks out five great multi-role performances on the big screen.
Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove, 1964)
As Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley, and the titular Dr Strangelove, Peter Sellers ignited Stanley Kubrick's Cold War black comedy as on-screen nuclear destruction approached. Many of the film's most memorable scenes took place in the 'War Room'. Eddie Murphy and Mike Meyers have carved a career out of juggling several characters in the same movie, but have they ever quite matched the brilliance of Sellers? "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the War Room!"
Christopher Reeve (Superman, 1978-1987)
Although Christopher Reeve's Superman and Clark Kent were the same person, the actor crafted a clear definition between the pair - a bumbling big city reporter and strappingly confident superhero - to throw nosy Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) off the scent. Reeve got to stretch the duality even further in the much-maligned Superman III, pitting Clark Kent against an evil Superman in an epic junkyard clash!
Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future II and III, 1989 and 1990)
Sequels are always tricky propositions, but credit should go to time travel masterminds Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale for neatly revisiting the events of the first movie in Back to the Future II and capping off the trilogy with their own spin on the Western. Michael J. Fox played Marty McFly, Marty McFly, Jr, Marlene McFly (!) and Seamus McFly in the sequels. A tip of the hat should go to to Thomas F Wilson, too, for playing Biff, Griff and Buford Tannen.
Nicolas Cage (Adaptation, 2002)
Nicolas Cage can barely keep himself contained to one character, so Spike Jonze's Adaptation gave him the perfect opportunity to go full-on Cage. Going a bit meta, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman used his own struggles to adapt Susan Orlean's novel The Orchid Thief as the basis for the story. Cage deservedly bagged an Oscar nomination for playing Charlie and Donald Kaufman.
Armie Hammer (The Social Network, 2010)
Armie Hammer and director David Fincher brought to life Harvard twins Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss with a fantastic blend of performance and production. Fincher digitally mapped Hammer onto double Josh Pence to create Mark Zuckerberg's nemeses. It may seem like computer trickery, but take a look at the short clip below to see Hammer forge different personalities for the Winklevi.
Watch the trailer for Dominic Cooper's The Devil's Double, opening in UK cinemas tomorrow, below:
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