Reg E. Cathey has played everyone from the politician Norman Wilson on The Wire to the barbecue maestro Freddy on House of Cards, but now, he’s tackling one of the most famous figures in boxing.
The upcoming biopic Hands of Stone chronicles the life and career of Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán (Edgar Ramirez), as well as his relationship with his trainer Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro). Durán’s rise to the top was meteoric, and he managed to best the then-undefeated welterweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard (played by Usher) in 1980. His manager, however, soon negotiated a deal with Don King and organized a rematch against Leonard only a few months later. In this exclusive clip from the film, Durán’s trainer Arcel tries to convince King to back out of the rematch.
“You have a responsibility to boxing,” Arcel tells him, citing Durán’s weight gain and lack of preparation before the rematch.
“Boxing? Boxing has been run by gangsters and criminals and scoundrels since the day it was born,” King replies.
Jonathan Jakubowicz wrote and directed Hands of Stone, which made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will hit theaters on Aug. 26.