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LatinoBuzz: Panamanian Boxer Roberto Duran's Biopic Coming Soon Starring Edgar Ramirez, Robert De Niro & Usher

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by Vanessa Erazo
February 12, 2014 8:30 AM
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Panama's most famous boxer, Roberto Duran, is getting a biopic. The star studded cast includes Edgar Ramirez (of the Carlos miniseries fame) as the boxing legend, Robert De Niro as his famed trainer Ray Arcel, and Usher as one of Duran's fiercest rivals, Sugar Ray Leonard. Rounding out the cast is Ruben Blades as boxing promoter Carlos Eleta together with Ellen Barkin and John Turturro. Taking its title from Duran's nickname "Manos de piedra," the film is titled Hands of Stone.


During one of his most infamous fights, Roberto Duran called it quits during a rematch with Sugar Ray Leonard back in 1980. He waved his hands to the referee who called out, "no mas" (means no more in English). More than thirty years later, people continue to speculate about the bout. Was it Duran who said, "no mas" or was it the ref? There's even a documentary called No Mas that brought the two fighters together to discuss the controversial match.

The director of Hands of Stone, Jonathan Jakubowicz, used it as a starting point to delve deeper into Duran's life story. He says, "The infamous "No Mas" fight is the biggest enigma in the history of boxing. This movie will answer the enigma, with the best talent any director can possibly dream." Backed by an all-star cast and a $17 million budget the Duran biopic wrapped up filming in Panama last December and moved the shoot to New York. Hopefully, Hands of Stone will be coming to a theater near you very soon.

Written by Vanessa Erazo. LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow @LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • VINCENT MYERS | May 25, 2014 9:12 AMReply

    I HOPE THIS MOVIE ISNT ABOUT "NO MAS" THAT TOPIC HAS BEEN BURNT AND IT TRULY TELLS YOU NOTHING OF WHO DURAN IS AS A FIGHTER. IT IS A SHAME THAT A FIGHTER LIKE DURAN, WHO IS 1 OR 2 MIS-HAPS AWAY FROM POTENTIALLY BEING CONSIDERED THE GREATEST FIGHTER TO EVER LIVE, TO BE SO BLINDLY REMEMBERED FOR ONE STRANGE NIGHT THAT DIDNT GO RIGHT FOR HIM. HE ACCOMPLISHED ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, EVEN SHOCKING SUCCESSES IN BOXING LONG AFTER "NO MAS". I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIS STORY TOLD FOCUSING ON HIS TRULY UNIQUE AND OTHERWISE UNSEEN GIFTS AS A BOXER, WITH A SOMEWHAT DETAILED BACKGROUND AS TO WHAT MADE HIM THE MAN HE WAS, GROWING UP ETC.
    ANYWAY, VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOVIE "THE HANDS OF STONE" HOPE ITS A NEW VIEW.

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