British actor, comedian, writer and director Richard Ayoade, who made his directorial debut three years ago with Submarine, has a new film out in cinemas called The Double inspired by Dostoyevsky’s novella of the same name.
It stars Jesse Eisenberg who plays a clerk in a government agency whose life is turned upside down when a new employee is hired who is his physical double. His doppelgänger is better at almost everything.
Ayoade maintains he identified with the story: “It just speaks to an idea of ‘What does distinguish you?’ You know, who are you? How do other people see you? Why do people seem to be more interested in this person than that person? These things which are very important, how do you connect to other people.”
Ayoade is well-known known for his role as computer geek Maurice Moss in the sitcom, The IT Crowd, which has gained an international following. He believes, when it comes to comedy, British and American audiences are converging in terms of taste. “I think people, especially now, have access to both with the internet, and streaming, and there doesn’t seem to be as much of a disparity that there might have historically been,” he says.