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Actor Stephan James on playing the legendary Jesse Owens




Still image of Stephan James in the new film, Race.
Still image of Stephan James in the new film, Race.
Still image of Stephan James in the new film, Race.
Still image of Stephan James
Still image of Stephan James in the new film, Race.
August 1936: American athlete Jesse Owens (1913 - 1980) the greatest sprinter of his generation. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin he won 4 gold medals. In 1976 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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In the new film, Race, the incredible life and struggles of one of the greatest athletes in history is told.

Jesse Owens, nicknamed the Buckeye Bullet, made history when he competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany ... facing runners from all over the world and also Adolf Hitler, and his Nazi ideology.

Not only did he win gold, but he became the first American track & field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad. 

Stephan James plays Owens in the film, here's the theatrical trailer.

We talked to Stephan James about preparing for the role, and what it took to play such an important figure in history.