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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Edgar Ramirez and Usher are Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard in HANDS OF STONE

I'm not going to get on my rant about how Hollywood has no clue how to cast (and narrate) real-life black people, because you probably know it by heart at this point. But know that Usher Raymond IV (otherwise known simply as the R&B crooner Usher) as Sugar Ray Leonard is ridiculous. That's all. 

I am intrigued, however, by Edgar Ramirez, even in theory unrelated to any of his movies. He stars as Panamanian fighter Robert Duran in the upcoming film HANDS OF STONE, alongside Raymond, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro and Robert De Niro. Synopsis:

HANDS OF STONE follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words “no mas” (no more.)

I really, really want this to be good. 

HANDS OF STONE is written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz and hits theaters August 26. 



Wendy Eustache said...

I am also puzzled by the casting of Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard, but hopefully he will do this role some kind of justice.

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