DA MAN: Most people know you primarily for your roles in action movies or historical thrillers. What about playing in a mystery drama like “The Girl on the Train”? Is this a genre that you’ll explore more?
Édgar Ramírez: Yes, absolutely. I’m always open to compelling and interesting characters. I tend not to choose my roles base on a film genre; it’s more based on the story and whether I can develop an emotional connection with the story or get a chance to work with amazing people, such as my co-stars in this film: Tate Taylor, Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Hayley Bennet.
DA MAN: More importantly, did you enjoy working on this movie?
Édgar Ramírez: I loved it. Although it’s a mystery thriller, the atmosphere on set was so relaxed and playful, you would never have guessed we were there filming such a dark and mysterious movie.
DA MAN: Moving on to one of your previous movies, now that “Hands of Stone” is about to make its global run, how do you think will audiences react?
Édgar Ramírez: I hope they will have a great time, because we honestly had the best time making it. We tried to shoot the film as festive, playful, electrifying and as energizing as possible. When people walk out of the theater, I really hope they feel excitement.
DA MAN: How did you react when you first saw the final cut of the movie?
Édgar Ramírez: I threw a huge party to celebrate; I just loved it so much.
“As corny as it may sound, when someone smiles at you for no reason or when someone treats you well, that goes a long way”
DA MAN: How did you prepare for your role prior to filming?
Édgar Ramírez: I moved to Panama for over a year to train with the legend himself—Roberto Durán. He was the real champion and he trained me. It was the most fantastic and genuine experience. It was hard and it was tough, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Not only did I have the opportunity to become a boxer myself, which is an amazing ability and skill to have, but to also have the privilege to be trained by one the greatest boxers in the history of the sport. This is something that no one can pass up.
DA MAN: There have been a lot of boxing-themed movies in the past few years. What is it that made “Hands of Stone” really stand out?
Édgar Ramírez: The movie tells a story of one of the greatest boxers in history, but it’s not just a boxing film. It’s actually a film about relationships, love, loss, redemption, victory—about getting knocked down and getting back up. It’s a movie about faith and love above everything. It’s a movie that tells the audience that strong and solid relationships will help us navigate through life. It explores how happiness is defined by the role we give to love in our lives and by the amazing and solid relationships we choose to surround ourselves with.
DA MAN: Of all the movies you’ve worked on so far, which ones would you say have been the most memorable?
Édgar Ramírez: There have been too many to just pick one! I have been very lucky to be involved in so many great movies and to be able to work with so many amazing people—people that I have admired in my entire life. I had “Raging Bull” [Robert De Niro played another legendary boxer, Jake “The Raging Bull” LaMotta in a film titled after the LaMotta’s nickname] in my corner shooting “Hands of Stone.” Robert De Niro played my trainer, which was such a memorable experience. And then to also have the ability to work with him again in “Joy,” where he played my father-in-law. It’s been a great privilege to have the opportunity to develop a friendship with him on and off the screen. He’s a legend.
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