Cuba Gooding Jr.
I guess now would be a good time to point out the fall of Cuba. No matter what kind of role heís in, he always has a look on his face like the school-yard bully thatís trying not to cry. Iíve never been impressed with his performances, but I do think heís a better actor than this film required. Stephen Dorff makes a good bad guy, but after BLADE, every bad guy role he does seems like itís mirror image.
I will also say that there was way too much nudity in this film. Most of it was male nudity, which is always unnecessary. The abundance of naked butts didnít do anything for the story and typically only served as a distraction. Given the trouble Mr. Daniels had with the flow of the movie, he didnít really need anything to hinder his efforts.
It bears repeating that none of the characters really have any reason for the situation theyíre in. We get a little back story on Mikey (Cuba), but thereís a lot of years in his life that the audience never hears about. Mikey is a strange cat and his current mental state deserves explanation. The other characters didnít even get the effort put into their back story and so the audience is left asking ďwho cares?Ē.
Making of Shadowboxer (12:21): This is a decent look at the making of the film featuring heavily on Cuba and Stephen Dorff. They talk about the film, but focus a little to heavily on the zebra.