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Interview: Finding the Hidden Face of Your Character

Source: backstage.com / Photos by Stephanie Diani


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Actors and boxers should have one thing in common, according to Édgar Ramírez. “There’s a part that should stay in the shadows that you shouldn’t overstay.”

The mysterious alchemy of the two art forms recently fueled the actor for his starring role as Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán in “Hands of Stone.” And for the first time in his two decades as an actor, Ramírez allowed the unknown to guide him, resisting his usual cerebral approach to a man so defined by his physicality.

“I learned how to fight [first],” he says of going to Panama to train with fighters from the period in which Durán was competing. “I focused on feeling the struggle, the pain that a boxer has to go through, and then I worked on the mannerisms, the traits of his personality. That’s what this character asked me for…. This character is very different for me, very different.”

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Photos: Screening Of ‘Hands of Stone’ in LA

Usher Raymond, Edgar Ramirez, director Jonathan Jakubowicz, former professional boxer Roberto Duran and producer Jay Weisleder attend The Weinstein Company’s HANDS OF STONE special screening hosted at The Grove in Los Angeles on August 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.


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