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Peter Facinelli’s next role: “The Pazmanian Devil”

By Kim Palacios

The rumors are true—Peter Facinelli’s official web site has confirmed that the actor will be playing one of several previously rumored roles.  In the upcoming biopic about former world champion boxer Vinny “Paz” Pazienza, Facinelli will play “The Pazmanian Devil” himself.

Paz, a lightweight and light middleweight boxer who rose to fame in the mid 1980’s, was first known for his skill as a fighter.  In both 1987 and 1990, he won International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Champion titles, and was on his way to competing as a welterweight.

A tragic car accident in 1991 found him bedridden for some three months, and told by doctors that he would never fight again.  Paz persevered and, after just one year of training, returned to professional boxing.  But his story didn’t end with a single comeback victory—indeed Paz’s career after the accident was longer than before.  He went on to win subsequent championships, among other significant fights, until his final professional fight in 2004.

Pfach fans aren’t surprised by the announcement, given the star’s track record of playing inspired roles.  His first foray into playing a real-life athlete who overcame incredible odds was seen in the 2006 TV Movie “Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther than the Eye Can See”.  Facinelli gave a memorable performance as the protagonist, Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind climber to summit Mount Everest.

About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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