Usher shared an image of himself preparing for his major film role as boxing legend, Sugar Ray Leonard in ‘Hands Of Stone’.
The movie Hands of Stone would star, Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez (Wrath of The titans, Bourne Ultimatum) as the main actors of the movie which is based on the life of another legendary boxer, Roberto Duran. Usher would be playing a supporting role. The movie is due for a 2014 release.
In a Q&A with Huffington Post, Usher said this about playing the boxing legend:
“You couldn’t find a more stylized boxer than Sugar Ray Leonard,” Usher said by telephone. “He was an incredible motion guy, the way he moved around the ring, and I think my dancing will make it easier for me to pick up his moves. I’ve been working on familiarizing myself with the ring, sparring and just understanding how to move in the ring.”
“He had such incredible discipline, and he was flashy and classy at the same time,” said Usher, who’s been studying videos from Leonard’s boxing days. “I want to be as passionate and dedicated in preparing for this role as he was every time he stepped into the ring.” Read more here.
Usher apparently has to lose about 20pounds in weight and amass muscles for the right size to play the role.
We know how Usher is a hard worker and a perfectionist, so there is no doubt he’ll be playing this role with amazing determination and skill. He’ll be amazing to watch. In the meantime, check out some boxing training pictures of Usher as well as a comparison picture with Sugar Ray Leonard below.