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Sugar Ray Leonard Opens Up About Usher Playing Him In “Hands of Stone”

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Usher is playing Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming “Hands of Stone” movie and the boxing champ is nothing but proud. HipHollywood caught up with the 58-year-old former boxer and he explained why Usher was the perfect fit to play him in the upcoming movie. “He has that thing, that thing that has no name — and thats that feel, that’s our rhythm, Usher has that,” Leonard told HipHollywood cameras. The movie “Hands of Stone” follows the story of Panamanian boxer Robert Duran, who fought two of the most legendary boxing matches of the 1980’s against Sugar Ray. To play the roll Usher had to drop from 180 pounds to Leonard’s fighting weight of 146 pounds, grow an afro, and go through an intense boxing workout regimen.

“He has 8-packs and I told him to take away two because I only had a six,” the boxing champion joked about Usher’s transformation. “He is an incredible student of the game of boxing.”

Watch the video above to see everything Sugar had to say.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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