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