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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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Interview: Esquire

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Actors—the good ones, anyway—develop a character by first psychologically spelunking, studying the words on the page to find a deeper meaning, a psychic truth. Once that skeletal structure is built, they begin layering on the muscle, veins, skin and flab of mannerisms, verbal tics, social skills, and affectations that make a character come alive on screen. Some call this Method acting, others just call it acting. And this is how Venezuelan-born actor Édgar Ramírez has approached every one of his roles. But not this time. Not for Hands of Stone, in which he plays Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán opposite Robert DeNiro. For that role, he had to undergo transform from the outside in.

“In order to understand the mindset of a boxer, I needed to become a boxer myself,” Ramírez says. “I couldn’t even start the process of understanding Durán without my own physical transformation.”

So before he spent any time crafting his portrayal of Durán, he relocated to Panama—a country of just under four million that has produced twenty-nine world-champion boxers—for more than five months to train at La Cuadra de los Rockeros (translation: The Block of the Rockers), a legendary gym in Panama City. Holed up, with nothing to do but push his body to limits he didn’t think possible, Ramírez altered his body so that he could then alter his mind.

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Edgar Ramirez attends AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss ‘Hands of Stone’ at AOL HQ on August 4, 2016 in New York City.

“Hands of Stone” follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year-old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words “no mas.” Join actor Edgar Ramirez as he discusses his starring role in this film.


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EDGAR RAMIREZ: VENEZUELA’S LEADING MAN, AND ASCENDING HOLLYWOOD HERO.

“Edgar was in a car accident this afternoon.” The email read, “We will need to reschedule his interview this evening.”

The adventure that is life is profoundly unpredictable. You can be riding high, riding low, riding in the middle, or sitting next to your horse not even riding at all, and some tameless externality can run a stop sign and shatter your foregone conclusions into a million unforeseen events. It can also cancel your lunch plans.

When I received the email I was sitting in the sun-dappled courtyard of a West Hollywood hotel, ten minutes early for my meeting with Venezuela’s leading man, and ascending Hollywood hero, Edgar Ramirez. Two days later, in a different courtyard, at a gardened Hollywood brunch spot beneath a vivid citrus tree, Ramirez approached our table immaculately dressed in a black cotton V-neck, polished brown leather shoes, a broad smile, and Tom Ford shades.

“I was on Melrose heading to Paramount Studios,” he recounted, “and there was this lady who cut in front of us, she passed the stop sign, and we crashed into her. Our car was a total, my driver broke his hand, and his leg, and she got pretty messed up as well.’ Ramirez is calm, but clearly still in awe of the ordeal, ‘It puts things in perspective for you. It reminds you of the fragility of life. How suddenly you think you’re going one place, and then…”

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