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Gael Garcia Bernal to play boxing champ Roberto Duran in Hands of Stone, possibly with Al Pacino?

Nov. 23, 2010by:
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Variety is reporting that a biopic on five-time boxing champion Roberto Durn is in the works called HANDS OF STONE (referring to Durn's Spanish nickname 'Manos de Piedra'). The excellent Gael Garca Bernal (CASA DE MI PADRE, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES) is set to play Durn, a man many consider to be one of the greatest lightweight fighters of all time.

Al Pacino is said be circling the part of trainer Ray Arcel, a man who brought up eighteen world champions throughout his career. Spanish actor scar Jaenada (THE LOSERS) is attached to play an apparently key role as well. The $15 million biopic will be directed by Venezuelan-born filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz (SECUESTRO EXPRESS) based off his own screenplay. Here's Variety with the story details:

"Roberto Duran made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16-year-old and retired in 2002 at age 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 the November rematch, saying 'no mas' (no more)."

Director Jakubowicz adds, "The infamous 'no mas' fight is the biggest enigma in the history of boxing. This movie will answer that enigma."

HANDS OF STONE, to be shot primarily in English, will be filmed in Durn's native Panama and New York starting next Spring.
Extra Tidbit: Durn appeared with Sylvester Stallone in ROCKY II.
Source: Variety

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8:49PM on 11/23/2010
Gael Garcia Bernal is a great actor so I'm definitely looking forward to this. Isn't it strange though that they're hiring a spanish speaking actor to play a spanish speaking boxer with a spanish speaking director but they're filming it in english. I'd rather see it in spanish with subtitles.
Gael Garcia Bernal is a great actor so I'm definitely looking forward to this. Isn't it strange though that they're hiring a spanish speaking actor to play a spanish speaking boxer with a spanish speaking director but they're filming it in english. I'd rather see it in spanish with subtitles.
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9:36AM on 11/23/2010
I'm a huge fan of Bernal, so that can only be good news for me.

How cool would it be for the first match against Leonard to be shot in Montreal's Olympic Stadium, where the match was held in the first place. Let's make good use of that bloody piece of architecture crap...
I'm a huge fan of Bernal, so that can only be good news for me.

How cool would it be for the first match against Leonard to be shot in Montreal's Olympic Stadium, where the match was held in the first place. Let's make good use of that bloody piece of architecture crap...
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9:15AM on 11/23/2010

Sounds terrific

Duran was without a doubt one of the best fighters ever to step into the ring. Glad to see his story gets a serious treatment, with a great cast
Duran was without a doubt one of the best fighters ever to step into the ring. Glad to see his story gets a serious treatment, with a great cast
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7:46AM on 11/23/2010
Fuck yeah!! This is great news, I have mucho respect for Manos de Piedra and Bernal. It's terrific casting if you ask me.
Fuck yeah!! This is great news, I have mucho respect for Manos de Piedra and Bernal. It's terrific casting if you ask me.
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4:26AM on 11/23/2010
Bernal is like 5'2'', he would be even less credible than Sylvester Stallone as a boxer, unless he was playing a small boxer, which is the case. So no actual complaint.
Bernal is like 5'2'', he would be even less credible than Sylvester Stallone as a boxer, unless he was playing a small boxer, which is the case. So no actual complaint.
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6:16AM on 11/23/2010
so why did you write this paragraph then ;)
so why did you write this paragraph then ;)
1:55PM on 11/23/2010
Why does anyone write anything on this site ? To kill time dude.
Why does anyone write anything on this site ? To kill time dude.
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