British actor Dominic Cooper has been living the good life. After his breakout role in 2008′s Mamma Mia!, the star has kept busy with a barrage of new films, including Captain America: The First Avenger and the U.K. drama The Devil’s Double.
Aside from depicting a luxurious lifestyle in the steamy spread Cooper posed for, he talked to the U.K. newspaper, The Independent, about how he drew upon the experiences he’s had as an actor for The Devil’s Double, in which he portrays Saddam Hussein’s vicious son.
“In whatever work environment, whether we admit it or not, there is always a little part of us that has been or will be tempted by a lifestyle for the wrong reasons,” he told the newspaper. “I noticed it with the first studio film I did. You suddenly get treated like an absolute king. You’re flown around the world, staying in beautiful places, in places I wouldn’t in my wildest dreams stay in, or never be able to afford to stay in, and you finish that particular job and you realize, ‘Oh, that’s not my actual life’ …and you realize that you’ve been a little bit skewered by what you have been through and seen.”Although the actor admits that it’s hard not to be tempted by the high life, at least he was able to connect his struggle with that of the characters he plays in his new film.
“It’s very bad. But it’s a good lesson,” Cooper said. “I think, if you can get a taste of it and experience it and then not get tempted by things for the wrong reasons you can relate to it.”
Check out the photos from Cooper’s Flaunt photo shoot, “Infernal Sentience,” by photographer Yu Tsai, and then let us know what you think by posting in the comments section below!