2013 has been a great year once again for Black film. There have been several major box office hits produced by Black filmmakers or featuring Black actors. Some of the include 12 Years A Slave, The Best Man Holiday, The Butler, Fruitvale Station, Tyler Perry's Temptation, Baggage Claim and Prisoners. This is just the beginning for the breakthrough of Black film.
In late 2014, singer Usher Raymond will be starring in a film portraying the role as Sugar Ray Leonard. Usher is getting fit in advance for the role as we speak. When he accepted the role of Sugar Ray, he was 180 pounds, and has now dropped down to the 170s.
"I train like an athlete every day, believe it or not. My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him. The hair, the personality, the manner he conducts himself in, all that. He's an incredible man."
Sugar Ray Leonard is a retired professional boxer, motivational speaker and occasional actor. He was the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses, he also won five world titles in five weight divisions and defeated future fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Wilfred Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler. He was then names "Boxer of the Decade" for the 1980s.
The film will be entitles Hands of Stone and will also feature actor Robert De Niro, who plays Sugar Ray's Hall of Fame trainer Ray Arcel. The film will center around Sugar Ray's fight against Roberto Duran and will include the famous brawl in Montreal and the Revenge in New Orleans bouts.