Usher and Edgar Ramírez Step Into the Ring with "Hands of Stone”

by Katherine Tulich August 30, 2016

Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, known as "Manos de Piedra" (Hands of Stone) for his powerful punches made boxing history with his infamous bouts against undefeated lightweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard. Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz portrays Duran's story in the new film Hands of Stone with Edgar Ramírez playing Duran, music sensation Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard and Robert De Niro returning to the cinema world of boxing as trainer Ray Arcel who came out of retirement to mentor the ferocious fighter.

HFPA member Barbara Gasser (with camera work by Mirai Konishi) spoke to Ramírez and Usher about their experiences playing these renowned sporting legends.