PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Boxer Vinny Paz cried when he saw “Bleed for This,” a Hollywood biopic about the life of the Rhode Island native.
Miles Teller stars as Paz, who returned to the ring after a near-fatal car crash that broke his neck in 1991.
The 53-year-old retired boxer says the movie is so true to life that watching it brought back painful memories of when a doctor had to remove a halo medical device from his skull. He’s pleased with the film, saying it accurately depicts his wild character traits, the dynamics of the home where he grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and his miraculous return to the ring.
He says he cried because his parents, who are prominent characters, are not alive to see themselves in the movie opening Friday.