Gael Garcia Bernal is about to get in the best shape of his life for his next role. The actor has signed on to star in a biopic that’s based on the long career of boxer Roberto Duran. The film is called Hands of Stone and while Bernal will be stepping into the ring as the fighter, Oscar winner Al Pacino is in negotiations to play his trainer Ray Arcel. Can’t you just imagine Pacino being the Mickey to Bernal’s Rocky?
If you’re not familiar with Roberto Duran or his long running career let us break it down for you. Duran was born in Panama and began boxing professionally at the age of 16 in 1968. His career spanned over 30 years and at the ripe age of 50 he decided to finally retire. Over that time he fought many well known opponents with the most famous being Sugar Ray Leonard for the welterweight championship. Their match up in November 1980 has gone down in history as the infamous “No Mas” fight. It was during the eighth round that Duran forfeited the match and simply told the referee “no mas” (“no more”).
The Wrap reports that Hands of Stone will focus on the “No Mas” fight, and will answer the age old question: why did he quit? Jonathan Jakubowicz will write and produce the film.
What do you think of Bernal playing Duran. Is it good casting?