FILE - This Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, former boxer Vinny Pazienza, subject of the film "Bleed for This," poses at the premiere of the film in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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.