Gael Garcia is a Knockout in New Film
11/24/2010 - 17:30 ||
We all know that heartthrob Gael García Bernal is a knockout in every one of his films, but for the first time in his career, the Y Tu Mamá También star will play a character who literally knocks other guys out.
The 31-year-old Mexican actor has been tapped to star as five-time world boxing champ, Roberto Duran in an upcoming $15 million biopic called, Hands of Stone, a title that refers to the legendary boxers nickname "Manos de piedra."
Duran made his professional boxing debut in 1968 when he was just 16 years old. In 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Lenoard to win the WBC welterweight title, but infamously gave up during his rematch with Leonard, saying "no mas" (no more).
Hands of Stone will be filmed in Panama where Duran was born and in New York next spring. The film is being directed by Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie. Duran's son, Robin Duran Iglesias, will serve as an associate producer on the project.
Are you ready to see the gloves come off Gael? We are!