On November 1988, Vinny Pazienza boxes Roger Mayweather for the WBC World Light Welterweight Title. (uncredited), Vinny's Friend at Birthday Party Vinny is pleased, and gets in a car with his friend Jimmy to get some coffee. [9], on November 10, 2014, in Warwick, Rhode Island. "Bleed for This" director Ben Younger told me he put his salary back in the film to buy extra shooting days. [7] In December 2014, Tina Casciani joined the cast of the film. In the first six rounds, Vinny is overpowered by Durán. (uncredited), Ringside Fight Spectator He arrives late to the weigh-in, as he has been riding a stationary bicycle in order to make the weight limit. On the way, they are hit head-on by an oncoming car. [14] In May 2015, Open Road Films acquired distribution rights to the film. "[25] It’s a brutal industry.". So, he didn't just join his dad in the meat-packing company — he expanded it from 30 or so food products to thousands, increasing the work force from six to 80. He bought properties, too, and, in 2007, took over Gregg’s restaurants with some partners. Vinny pauses, then says the biggest lie is, "It's not that simple". Disobeying his doctors' advice, Vinny begins to work out in his basement. (uncredited), Sport Reporter / (as Alicia Barrett), Security - Ring Side Mr. Scorsese agreed to partner with Verdi and Kraft on the project and signed on as an executive producer. Chad said he was about to buy the rights to the story of their old family friend, Vinny Paz — ideal for the big-screen, a real life Rocky. But he'll tell you this project is about the heart. 10/26/2016 East Greenwich, RI - Chad Verdi, producer of the movie “Bleed For This”, a movie about Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza, poses for a photo at his business in East Greenwich. In the final scene, Vinny is interviewed by a journalist. Technical Specs, See agents for this cast & crew on IMDbPro, LA Times Reporter Thus, boxing would be out of the question. The two met at Angelo’s on Atwells Avenue. "There are very few people who actually get things done, and Chad has done it time and again. His big brother, Tom Verdi, deputy chief of the Providence police, told me school was never enough for Chad. (uncredited), Emotional Ringside Fan [11] On December 16 and 17, filming took place at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. (uncredited), Birthday Party / (uncredited), Mayweather Entourage Verdi delivered, under budget. © Gannett Co., Inc. 2020. [18], Bleed for This opened alongside Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Edge of Seventeen, as well as the wide expansions of Moonlight and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and was initially expected to gross around $5 million from 1,549 theaters. (uncredited), Duran Entourage / He was offered a Division 1 spot at the University of New Hampshire but turned it down to get a career going. But first, Scorsese recruited Verdi to help executive-produce some of his own projects, including an HBO movie about the New York Review of Books called "The 50-year Argument." Not with big money, he said. | Soon, Verdi met Scorsese in New York, and a 10-minute meeting went for more than an hour as they talked about the scrappy fighter who came back from a broken neck to reclaim a world title. (uncredited), Boxing Match Spectator How does a small-budget Rhode Island flick — "Bleed for This" — get major backing from Martin Scorsese, a huge national opening this Friday on 2,500 screens and awards buzz from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter? (uncredited), VIP Ringside Spectator Peter Debruge of Variety wrote: "Teller is terrific, which should come as no surprise to Whiplash fans, though no less significant, the film represents a significant return for writer-director Ben Younger. Sason is the executive producer of three feature films. [21], On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 69% based on 141 reviews, with an average rating of 6.23/10. [15] The film had its world premiere at the 43rd Annual Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016, before screening at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. "He needed to keep moving," Tom said. (uncredited), Female Entourage Extra / Digital access or digital and print delivery. Chad Verdi put part of his energy into hockey and made the Junior Olympic team in 1983, playing in Finland and Russia. Angelo eventually catches them, and kicks Kevin out of the house. As they talked, Tom realized this wasn’t a lark to Chad; he'd do it as a business. He’s surrounded by posters; he's produced 12 films, including "Ten Thousand Saints," starring Ethan Hawke; "War Pigs," with Mickey Rourke; and "Loosies" with Joe Pantoliano. "I was a good audience," Scorsese told me by email, "because I hardly knew anything about Vinny Pazienza.". [10] On December 10, filming took place at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. "Actors are always getting offers," Verdi explained, "then twiddling their thumbs for six months thinking they have a job, and the studio doesn’t come through.". Like Paz, Verdi was working class, his mom a teacher, his dad head of a meatpacking company. [13], In February 2015, the first image of Teller was released. [8] Aaron Eckhart gained a reported 45 pounds for the role of Kevin Rooney. Verdi had that focus early, while growing up in Cranston and East Greenwich. (uncredited), associate producer (as Ben Matthew Empey), associate producer (as Vinny Pazienza Jr.), art department coordinator / storyboard artist, lighting balloon technician (as Zach Lazar), director of photography: behind the scenes, extras casting director Rhode Island / extras casting, first assistant editor (as Timothy Feeley), assistant location manager (as Ollie Amerigian), assistant: Chad A. Verdi (as Jonathan Del Ponte), legal counsel to Magna Entertainment, financier: Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP, assistant production coordinator (as Timothy Mendonca), assistant: Miles Teller (as Nikki Resendes), the producers wish to thank: gregg's restaurants, the producers wish to thank (as Jimmy Burchfield), the producers wish to thank (as Jimmy Burchfield Sr.), the producers wish to thank: channel 10 wjar, the producers wish to thank (as Colonel Hugh T. Clements Jr.), the producers wish to thank: boxing hall of fame, the producers wish to thank: the omni hotel, the producers wish to thank (as mayor Joseph Polisena), the producers wish to thank (as Major Tom Verdi), the producers wish to thank (as Dr. Leif Washer). He formed Verdi Productions with his wife, Michelle, mother of their three kids, high school sweetheart and close partner in most of what he did. (uncredited), Ringside Spectator / Sason loved the Paz script, too, and signed on to fully finance "Bleed for This." Digital access or digital and print delivery. The website's critical consensus reads, "Bleed for This rises on the strength of Miles Teller's starring performance to deliver a solid fact-based boxing drama that takes a few genre clichés on the chin but keeps on coming. In 1999, he sold it and became a consultant investing in companies. (uncredited), Vinny's Friend at Surprise Party "He put this movie together from nothing. Company Credits Fight Attendee As he regains consciousness in the hospital, the doctor informs him that he might never walk again, and will certainly never fight again. Choose the plan that’s right for you. By offering ready pay and a teed-up shooting schedule, he signed on Robert Englund, who had played Freddy Krueger in "A Nightmare on Elm Street.". [6], In September 2014, it was announced that Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Amanda Clayton, Ciarán Hinds, and Katey Sagal had joined the cast of the film, with Ben Younger directing from a screenplay he wrote, while Scorsese and Emma Koskoff Tillinger, Bruce Cohen and Pamela Thur-Weir serving as producers. By approaching it as exactly that, he told me — a business. [24][20], Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "Miles Teller gives the performance of his career as the indefatigable Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, and writer-director Ben Younger delivers one of the best boxing movies of the decade in Bleed for This. Even at that age, he wanted to run his own show. The film had its world premiere at the 43rd Annual Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016, and was released in the United States on November 18, 2016, by Open Road Films. The film stars Miles Teller as Pazienza, with Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds, and Ted Levine in supporting roles. (uncredited), Fan in Vinny Paz Corner "I think I’m going to get into the movie business," Chad said. "There’s a lot of hot air out there," Sason said. Hampered by clichéd writing and stereotypical portrayals, this extraordinary true-life account feels run-of-the-mill. It's why he shot it all in Rhode Island, despite big tax breaks offered by Canada. Angelo receives confirmation that Vinny has been granted a title fight against Gilbert Dele. [20] In its second weekend the film dropped to 17th at the box office, grossing $949,898 (a drop of 59%). Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who knew Scorsese, stopped by Verdi’s operation and was so impressed, he offered to introduce Chad. VIP Fight Observer providencejournal.com ~ 75 Fountain St., Providence, RI 02902 ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Cookie Policy ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Privacy Policy ~ Terms Of Service ~ Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. (uncredited), Lou Duva's Son in Law Vinny eventually wins, via 12-round majority decision (114-114, 115-113, 115-113). Cameraman (uncredited), High Roller at Boxing Match Bleed for This (2016) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Mark Patinkin Journal Columnist markpatinkin, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Verdi funded his first movie himself, called "Inkubus," getting it done for $350,000.

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