Just like last year brought us both Southpaw and Creed, this year we get two more boxing dramas. However, while last year’s stories set in the ring were entirely fictional, this year we get two non-fiction boxing movie. Bleed for This starring Miles Teller won’t arrive until November (watch the trailer here), but the other is arriving in theaters next week.
Hands of Stone follows Edgar Ramirez (Deliver Us from Evil, Point Break) as Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran who once defeated iconic boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) in 1980, but abandoned a rematch a few months later. It was one of the most famous face-offs in boxing history, so knowing that story detail doesn’t spoil anything like the most interesting parts of the story come from the boxers themselves.
A new red band Hands of Stone trailer teases what’s in store for audiences. However, it’s a bit of an odd one because the reason it’s a red band trailer is due to some explicit sex scenes being features. They just seem out of place as if they’re trying to pull in moviegoers who just want to see nudity. Read More »
Briefly: That shot above is the first look at Hands of Stone, in which Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) plays Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, who fought some of the top talents in boxing (from Sugar Ray Leonard to Hector Camacho to Thomas Hearns) and fought during five decades and held world titles in four different weight classes: lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight.
In 1980, Durán beat Sugar Ray Leonard in a 15-round fight to win the world Welterweight title. Later that year, in November, a rematch went the other way when Durán returned to his corner in the eighth round to quit the fight. While his precise words at the time have been contested over the years, what has gone down in history is that he said “no más” to stop the bout.
Robert De Niro co-stars as Duran’s trainer Ray Arcel (who trained the boxer until that botched rematch with Leonard) in the film directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz. Hands of Stone also features Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro. [Collider]
With The Fighter getting some attention and Warner Bros. developing Grudge Match, are we soon going to see a mini-glut of boxing movies? There are worse things, if so. The latest to hit the development decks is Hands of Stone, which would see Gael Garcia Bernal playing Roberto Durán, who famously lost to Sugar Ray Leonard in the ‘No Mas’ fight in 1980. Read More »