Hollywood loves a good boxing biopic, and the latest puts Édgar Ramírez and Usher front and centre as Roberto Durán and Sugar Ray Leonard respectively.
Hands of Stone is the latest offering by Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz, and follows the life of Roberto Durán, whose boxing career began at the age of 16 in 1968 and ended when he retired at age 50 in 2002. In June 1980, he famously defeated Sugar Ray Leonard winning the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the world when he returned to his corner in the November rematch saying ‘no más’ (no more).
A featurette for the upcoming biopic has just been released, with both leads speaking highly of Leonard, who actually trained Usher to move like a boxer.
“Sugar Ray Leonard was an American icon. Someone who represented so much hope for African American people. When you saw Sugar Ray Leonard you knew that you could do it all. You could be recognised, celebrated and still be tough at the same time, with class,” Usher says.
Hands of Stone also stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin and Robert De Niro, and will be released on August 26.