Pre­sent­ing the REAL Usain

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

LON­DON, Eng­land: HERE AREN’T too many in the world who know Usain Bolt and his story bet­ter than his best friend and man­ager, Nu­gent Walker.

Bolt’s highly an­tic­i­pated biopic I am Bolt is set to hit the­aters to­day with a premiere at Odeon Le­ices­ter Square cin­ema, and his life-long ally is hop­ing that the one hour 47 min­utes tell-all will not only show the in­ner gears be­hind the Bolt ma­chine, but that it will also in­spire movie-go­ers to push them­selves to achieve their ob­jec­tives.

Walker, who fig­ures promi­nently in the film and who is also cred­ited as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with The Gleaner, also shared the ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing a cam­era crew within the sprinter’s vice-like in­ner cir­cle.

“We hope to in­spire the world,” Walker said yes­ter­day. “We want peo­ple to push for­ward in their lives and de­velop an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Usain’s jour­ney and to see that they can push for­ward as well de­spite chal­lenges.

“We wanted the world to see the real story, and my role was to en­sure that the real Usain was pre­sented,” Walker added.

TDEEPER LEV­ELS

“What Usain rep­re­sents is im­por­tant. The world needs to see this – from a boy from the deep ru­ral Ja­maican com­mu­nity of Sher­wood Con­tent to what he is to­day: a world fig­ure. We re­alised from very early that this movie could con­vey Usain at a deeper level to Ja­maica and the world,” Walker added.

“We are very happy we were given this medium to share to the world, the dif­fer­ent lev­els and tiers to Usain – the peo­ple around him, his agent, coach, par­ents – to him speak­ing openly about any con­cerns and fears, what this all means to him, to share the whole process,” said Walker.

“I know the jour­ney, I know the strug­gles that he has been through. I know this young man and we thought this was nec­es­sary,” he added. “As he

FILE

Ja­maica’s ace sprinter Usain Bolt walks ahead of his ex­ec­u­tive man­ager, Nu­gent Walker.

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