British actor-director Richard Ayoade poses for a portrait in West Hollywood, California May 6, 2014. AREUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
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The appearance of a doppelganger precipitates a severe psychological identity crisis in British actor-director Richard Ayoade's latest film "The Double," as actor Jesse Eisenberg faces himself on screen.In "The Double," Eisenberg plays both Simon, a shy, introverted and forgettable office worker, and the brash, egotistical James, a physically identical man with a polar opposite extrovert personality. Ayoade, 36, is best known for playing nerd extraordinaire Maurice Moss on British TV comedy series "The IT Crowd," but the bespectacled actor is carving out a career behind the camera.For his second directorial feature, Ayoade adapted Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic 1846 novella "The Double" about a man who meets his doppelganger and descends into a psychological crisis.Ayoade may best be known in the United States for his role alongside Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill in 2011 neighborhood vigilante comedy "The Watch".That mixture of self-awareness and biting humor sets the tone for Ayoade's upcoming book "Ayoade on Ayoade," which will feature the director interviewing himself about film.
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