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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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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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