Dev Patel played the titular role in The Personal History of David Copperfield and aced it. But do you guys know, he did not know about David Copperfield before doing this movie?
Read on to know more.
The Slumdog Millionaire actor laughingly admits that he did not know about David Copperfield and when he first got an email about the role, he thought it was about the magician who has the same name.
The film, also starring Peter Capaldi, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, among others, is a comedic take on the Charles Dickens novel, with Patel playing the titular role.
In the featurette of The Personal History of David Copperfield, which released recently, Dev Patel can be heard saying “It’s a coming of age journey. It is about someone who is trying to find his way in life. I can relate to that as a human being. I’m sure millions of others can.”
Dev Patel further added, “It’s these fluctuating fortunes of the characters which is really fascinating to observe and it will forever be relevant. So I think the movie is for everyone.”
Iannucci can be heard as saying, “I am a huge Dickens fan. I re-read David Copperfield about five or six years ago. And I thought I want to make it as a movie.”
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The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 and was subsequently screened at BFI London Film Festival. It was scheduled to release in theatres in May but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Upon its screening at TIFF, The Hollywood Reporter called it “a delightful, crowd-pleasing break from bitter comedies.”