By Jack Rico
Jeez, we’ve been waiting a year for this trailer to drop. Harvey Weinstein finally gives us a look at Hands Of Stone, based on the legendary Panamanian pugilist Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel who changed each other’s lives. Is it going to be the next CREED? I don’t think so, but it has the promise of being a solid movie.
Some immediate reactions arise from seeing the trailer: Edgar Ramirez is way taller than Duran, Usher as an actor is iffy, but let’s give him a shot to prove himself and this story isn probably not relevant anymore. Nevertheless, great to see Hollywood making films based on Hispanic stories, specially one that captivated the boxing world the way this one did. I saw these two fights on TV live. One broke my heart, the other left me confused and in utter shock. Let’s see how the film delivers it.
The movie is written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz and stars: Edgar Ramírez, Usher, Robert De Niro, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro, Rubén Blades and Óscar Jaenada.