Danny Morgan has the one-night stand from hell in Double Date
“It came from a general fear of dating or talking to women!” laughs Danny Morgan, writer/star of Double Date, a wild new comedy with a supernatural twist that’s liable to put the fear into anyone looking for a casual hook-up. Morgan plays Jim, a virgin on the verge of turning 30 who thinks he’s finally about to strike it lucky when he and pushy friend Alex (Being Human’s Michael Socha) meet sisters Lulu (Georgia Groome) and Kitty (Kelly Wenham). What a shame these siblings seem to be bloodthirsty and a bit dangerous…
Red Alert is sitting with Morgan and director Benjamin Barfoot in Double Date’s East London edit suite, shortly after viewing some footage of Kitty in full-on fight mode. “I put her through quite a bit of training,” says Barfoot. “[Initially] I tried to get her to lift some fake dumbells. She virtually couldn’t lift them!” Three months of kickboxing and working with a personal trainer saw to that, with the Stockport lass ably going toe-to-toe with ex-boxer Socha.
So how best to describe Double Date? “We don’t like to use the ‘horror-comedy’ word,” says Morgan, although there are plenty of laughs and some unexpected scares due to Kitty’s horrific motives for encouraging her sister on this man-hating rampage. What it definitely isn’t is a good advert for online dating. “True,” says Morgan. “You don’t want to link your site to this date!”
Double Date is in cinemas from 13 October.