• James L. Merideth
  • Larry Garrett

In this week’s issue, Andrea Gronvall reviews the new film The Devil’s Double, a biopic about Saddam Hussein’s playboy son Uday and his reluctant body double, a former classmate named Latif Yahia.

The movie’s worth skipping, Gronvall writes: “Equally as offensive as the movie’s smorgasbord of smut and violence is the lingering whiff of colonial-era orientalism, a Western predilection for regarding Eastern cultures as innately idle, lascivious, and irrational, and thus ripe for intervention.” We’ve got a better story for you: in 2005, late Reader staffer Grant Pick wrote about Uday Hussein’s reluctant . . . hypnotist, a Chicago-based practitioner named Larry Garrett, who was summoned to Iraq to treat injuries Hussein had sustained in a car accident.

Actually, not so reluctant—the trip was suggested to Garrett by a friend who suspected he would be interested in the adventure: