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Known for his roles Selma and The Gabby Douglas Story, Toronto native Stephan James is lacing up the cleats of a very famous track star in Race, where he plays the legendary Jesse Owens.

He talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the life Jesse Owens lived off the track, the pressure to play historical figures and more.

“I had to really immerse myself, not only as a sprinter, but as Jesse Owens. I knew very little about his story and I didn’t know the circumstances,” he said.

The biggest thing he learned about Jesse Owens while filming:

“There was so much I could find in terms of video of him leaving people in the dust, but I had no clue about the type of man and the type of father he was. He was a humanitarian. He was completely color blind.”

Race is in theaters Friday, February 19th.

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