Onesies, Short Shorts & Kissing Tag!
Race. A solid nuanced performance by a stoic Stephan James in his portrayal of the iconic Jesse Owens, in the movie “Race”. For the 22 year old Canadian actor, filling the shoes of a giant in African-American history, is no easy feat. With his slender muscular build, he weaved his way through Jesse’s story focusing primarily on the trials and tribulations of his collegiate years at The Ohio State, building a relationship with coach Larry Snyder played by the likeable Jason Sudeikis and then to his crowning achievements at the 1936 Olympic Games in Hitler’s Berlin.
It’s a “greatest hits” type of biopic, leaving out the final chapters of mistreatment and exploitation facing Owens when he returned home after the Olympics. For the Cabbie Presents interview, 2-time Olympic Champion Donovan Bailey (1996 Summer Games in 100M & 4x100M relay) joined the cast adding a real world experience and pedigree to a playful interview. Bailey is one of Canada’s most treasured and decorated athletes. Check the Cabbie Presents interview here. There’s talk of “onesies”, “short shorts”, “kissing tag”, the 4×100 relay and the legacy of Jesse Owens. Race is in theatres on Friday, February 19th.