Today The Weinstein Compay released two more clips from the film: one is a clip of Usher as the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard and the other is a featurette of Ramirez on his physical and mental transformation to become Panamanian boxer Duran. Rather than giving you a full review of the clips, I thought I'd just share my reaction play by play as I watched both videos:
1. Robert DeNiro gets to relive his cinematic boxing glory days (albeit vicariously), playing legendary trainer Ray Arcel.
2. Jurnee Smollett is waaaaay too good to be playing Usher's love interest. Judging by the thinness of her characterization in the clip, he really could have pulled any one of the female extras from his music videos for this. I can only hope Smollett has more to do than this shows.
3. Usher just isn't a great actor. Let's face it: he hasn't really grown much as an actor at all since The Faculty back in 1998.
4. Why isn't Edgar Ramirez in more things? I have no other comment here.
To recap, here's the synopsis of the film:
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.)
HANDS OF STONE is in theaters August 26.