“Bleed for This” stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart, and director/screenwriter Ben Younger visited the Variety Studio presented by airbnb to discuss their boxing drama playing at the Toronto Film Festival.

Teller described his odd “first contact” with Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, whom he portrays on screen.

“He sent me a headshot of himself — him like boxing — and it said ‘Miles, don’t f— up my reputation. Stuff a banana in your pants if you have to. I’ll f— you up. I’m kidding, but seriously.'”