Bolt: This movie is special #IAmBolt
Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports
Hours before opening up his life to the world, Usain Bolt shared that the decision to produce his ‘I am Bolt’ documentary came out of an attempt to help people to understand his struggles and appreciate the challenges he has had to face in an effort to bring inspiration through his success.
Bolt’s biopic, which was directed by acclaimed film-makers Benjamin and Gabe Turner, will premier at 7 p.m. (2 p.m. Jamaica time) at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London’s West End.
“One of the main things I wanted to get across to the world was that this is not easy. I think most people’s concept of me is that its easy and that there is no stress, that’s what they say to me. I wanted people to see what I went through to get to where I am and for me, these guys captured that for me,” Bolt told journalists at a press conference at the Corinthia Hotel a few hours before the red carpet event.
“For me its special (to host the premiere in London). Its big, I have a lot of fans here there’s a big Jamaican community here as well and so for me to do this here its wonderful, it’s a great feeling. So I am excited to get dressed and get out,” Bolt added.
I am Bolt was filmed over a period close to two years and provides a rare perspective on the nine-time Olympic champion and triple world record holder’s life.
Bolt, who lauded the production crew for what he described as perfectly capturing the essence of his personal and professional life, also explained his decision to continue his career to next summer’s World Championships, also set for London, despite expressing relief after this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“I don’t know but I’ve always said it’s (London) a good place to untie my shoes. I came at the Olympics and it was just magnificent so I know the energy that they are going to bring to the World Championships will be great and I am looking forward to it. It’s a good place to retire, I don’t know if it was somewhere else, if I would go, but its in London and that’s a good thing,” Bolt said.
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Gabe, who along with Benjamin also co-produced Mo Farah’s biopic and the much-vaunted Class of 92, which shares the history and relationship between Manchester United legends David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt,
“The pressure with Usain came when we first met him and told him we wanted to tell his story and obviously there are high standards. We were very confident that we would make something that he would be happy with and one of the main things is that we wanted to show the inspirational side. We wanted to tell something that the younger generation could inspire towards and I believe we did that,” said Gabe Turner.