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‘Hurricane’ warning

Real-life role-players attend preem sans 'pressure'

Just after exiting Tuesday’s preem of “The Hurricane,” Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was asked what he took away from the experience of seeing his life story told Hollywood-style. “Hopefully, some money,” he replied.

And as for being portrayed by Denzel Washington? “I didn’t know I was that good-looking,” Carter said.

The former boxer was one of a slew of real-life characters portrayed in the film who attended the Village theater preem and Armand Hammer Museum.

John Artis, who was convicted for murder alongside Carter in 1967, said he was “in awe to see what unfolded and not have to feel the pressure I felt at the time.” Lesra Martin, the boy played by Vicellous Reon Shannon who diligently worked for Carter’s release, said “it was a stupendous depiction of accurate events.”

But H. Lee Sarokin, the federal judge who freed Carter and was portrayed by Rod Steiger, said: “I’m a lower-key guy.”

Among those on hand for the preem were U’s Ron Meyer, Kevin Misher and Scott Stuber; Beacon’s Aryman Bernstein, John Ketcham and Rudy Langlais; director Norman Jewison; stars Washington, Shannon, David Paymer and Deborah Kara Unger; plus guests Kevin Costner, Evander Holyfield, Lauren Holly, Mark Canton, Brad Krevoy, Jon Jashni, Mike Medavoy, Marq Roswell, Tom Shadyac, Tom Sherak, Anne Sterling and Howard Weitzman.

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