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Ben Young attends the 'Bleed For This' Thrill Gala screening |© Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI
Ben Young attends the 'Bleed For This' Thrill Gala screening |© Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI
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'Bleed For This' Director Ben Younger On Miles Teller And Boxing Movies

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Film Editor
Updated: 28 November 2016
When Culture Trip’s Cassam Looch spoke to Ben Younger on his recent visit to London, the pair discussed the challenges of bringing the story of a true-life fighter to the big screen.

Bleed For This follows Vinny ‘Paz’ Pazienza, a world champion fighter, who was told he may never walk again after being involved in a car accident. Vinny went on to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history when he stepped back in the ring and fought for the title once more.

Miles Teller (Whiplash) portrays Paz, bulking up for the role. Younger explained how he only ever had the Fantastic Four star in mind for his movie and how it was an early performance in the little seen The Spectacular Now that first alerted him to Teller’s talent.

Martin Scorsese produced the movie, and with such heavyweight backing we asked Younger about how he avoided the cliches that are inherent with the genre. From Rocky to Scorsese’s own Raging Bull, there are moments fans now expect from films about the sport, and the Boiler Room director certainly knew what he had to do to please the audience.

Ben Younger, Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ciaran Hinds attend the ‘Bleed For This’ Thrill Gala screening
Ben Younger, Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ciaran Hinds attend the ‘Bleed For This’ Thrill Gala screening | © Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI

We also spoke about how footage of Pazienza was woven into the movie without it seeming too obvious. There are several scenes in the film where the real-life Vinny is featured, but it’s done in such a way that it is almost impossible to tell where Teller ends and Paz begins.

Bleed For This will be on general release from December 2