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Cooper gets 'squidgy-looking roles'

Dominic Cooper is happy to have a "strange" face - because it's opened the door to all sorts of movie roles.

The 33-year-old Mamma Mia! star plays Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday - and his body double - in new film The Devil's Double.

He said: "I'm a bit strange looking so I get weird, squidgy-looking roles [offered to me].

"I'm pleased with that because I'd hate to be pigeonholed."

The British star, who dated his Mamma Mia! co-star Amanda Seyfried, said of his approach to acting: "To show that you have range and are willing to get under the skin of another person and make it believable, you have to be willing to fail.

"That's the risk you have to take, unless you want to be in your comfort zone and perform roles where you only play yourself, which to me sounds like death on toast."

Dominic's just wrapped up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and My Week With Marilyn, in which he stars as Milton Greene, the celebrated photographer and business associate of Marilyn Monroe, is due for release later this year.

While filming the Marilyn movie, he was simultaneously shooting the recently released Captain America: The First Avenger, in which he stars as Howard Stark.

Dominic said he could never have imagined a time when a trip to the multiplex would offer a choice of Dominic Cooper movies. "No, absolutely not... I was just hoping for a line in The Archers," he said.

:: The Devil's Double is released in cinemas on Wednesday August 10.

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