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From Rio to the red carpet: I am Bolt hits the screens

I have done quite a few junket interviews - hundreds of them in fact - with some of the most famous acting talent in the world, but this is the only movie junket in which the PR people allow time in your interview slot for selfies.

Then again we are talking Usain Bolt, a man who must have had more selfie requests than even Tom Cruise.

Usain Bolt is in town to publicise a new film documentary about him called I am Bolt. It follows him in the 18 months leading up to his historic triple triple in Rio. So now it's Usain Bolt, the movie star.

He slouches in his seat, texting on his phone as I greet him, his best friend NJ a constant presence.

Interviewing Usain Bolt ahead of the premiere of his new film. Credit: ITV News

He seems weary and I wonder if he knows there are scores of journalists from across Europe waiting for time with him.

The film, it is clear, is the most famous sportsman in the world's attempt to show how hard he works to be as good as he is.

In truth the smiling, jokey playful Bolt that we see on the track before and after the race is really the man he is - the film shows this clearly.

But it's extraordinary how hard he pushes himself, as someone who admits to being a bit lazy.

This is a view echoed by his parents Wellesley and Jennifer, who are also in town to help their son launch his film, and to speak about their own parts in the project.

In fact some of the most enjoyable parts of I am Bolt are the ones in which his mum and dad talk about Usain the boy - how Wellesley wasn't averse to spanking the young Usain when he misbehaved.

Usain Bolt appearing in the film. Credit: Courtesy of Fullwell 73
The film follows Usain Bolt in the 18 months leading up to Rio 2016. Credit: Courtesy of Fullwell 73
Usain Bolt won nine Olympic gold medals in his career. Credit: Reuters

His parents are humble and speak gently about how they raised their son to be respectful; his mother talking about how her Christian beliefs helped her have faith that her son would succeed and not fall victim to the doping scandals that have tarnished the sport.

She would like Usain to get married now, but he won't, she tells me, let her dictate when that happens. As to the pictures in the press showing her son partying in various nightclubs after his Rio victory, both his parents say the media distorts who the real Usain Bolt is.

They are delighted their son wants to stay in Jamaica after he finishes competing in athletics next year, but as to what he does next, they are waiting to see - like the rest of the world.

He loses focus and had to really dig deep to feel motivated for the Rio Olympics, and really felt the pain as he crossed those finishing lines. Why not quit now, I ask him, and go and eat some of the junk food you love and relax?

He is intent on making the World Championships in London next year - his farewell to the athletics world - simply because he wants as many people as possible to see him in his final season.

"Some of my friends haven't even seen me", he tells me. So the film is his long goodbye.

Usain Bolt plans to retire after the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London. Credit: Reuters
Usain Bolt won the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m in the Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games. Credit: Reuters