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THE PIC Race, out now, a biopic about African-Amer­i­can Jesse Owens’ in­cred­i­ble four-gold-medal-win­ning per­for­mance at the 1936 Olympic Games held in Hitler’s Ger­many.

THE PART James Cleve­land “Jesse” Owens, track-and-field leg­end. THE PLAYER Ris­ing star (and Toronto na­tive) Stephan James, 22, whose pre­vi­ous cred­its in­clude Selma and

The Book of Ne­groes. THE PHONE CALL “When my man­ager called and said, ‘ Do you know who Jesse Owens is?’ I rec­og­nized the name, but I didn’t re­ally un­der­stand his ac­com­plish­ments. When I looked him up and read the script, I im­medi­ately fell in love and told my man­ager I had to play him.”

THE PREP “I was in At­lanta shoot­ing Selma, and ev­ery off day I’d train at Ge­or­gia Tech with the track-and-field coach. I had to learn to run fast, and I had to learn to run like Jesse, so I stud­ied his form and how he looked when he did it.”

THE PEO­PLE “Jesse’s daugh­ters were in­stru­men­tal; they helped fill in the gaps about the type of man their father was. I felt like I was part of their fam­ily.” THE PER­SON “Jesse was a hum­ble man who didn’t re­al­ize the bar­ri­ers he would break down go­ing to Ger­many in the ’30s. He didn’t see colour; he just saw the love of the sport.”

THE PUR­POSE “This is a timely film be­cause it re­minds us of how far we’ve come; it also helps us un­der­stand why we can’t af­ford to go back­wards.”

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