Stony Brook, NY - May 12, 2016 - Actor/writer/producer William DeMeo will be Tom Needham's special guest this Thursday at 6 P.M. on WUSB's The Sounds of Film.
William will be discussing his new film Back in the Day. It is a gritty New York story about the journey of a half Italian-half Puerto Rican boxer named Anthony Rodriguez from a rough area of Brooklyn. William stars in the film along with an incredible cast including Alec Baldwin, Michael Madsen, Mike Tyson, Danny Glover, Annabella Sciora and Shannen Doherty.
Pictured Danny Glover in Back in the Day.
Back in the Day begins with the story of Anthony Rodriguez as a teenager growing up on the streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, then a racist neighborhood filled with bullies, big shots and social clubs where all of the neighborhood shots were called. Anthony had to endure an abusive, alcoholic father but was blessed with a nurturing, hard-working mother whom he loses at a very early age.
In spite of the odds, he struggles to uphold the morals his mother taught him and retain his dignity. Anthony is taken under the wing of a local mob boss, Enzo DeVino (Michael Madsen), who along with his boss Gino (Alec Baldwin) supports Anthony's wish to escape his demons through the sport of boxing.
Enzo unites Anthony with a trainer, Eddie “Rocks” Trevor (Danny Glover), who turns Anthony into a contender. As Anthony journeys into adulthood with the nearly impossible goal of achieving a successful professional boxing career, he manages to not only go pro, but to fight his way to the Middleweight championship.
Love and loss, humiliation and retaliation all play major roles in his journey, but when he finally makes it to the top he realizes that the real fight was outside the ring.
The Sounds of Film is the nation's longest-running film-themed radio show. For over 28 years, the program has delivered a popular mix of interviews and music to listeners all over Long Island, parts of Connecticut, and streaming live at wusb.fm. Recent guests include Chazz Palminteri, Search for Sugarman's Rodriguez, Cicely Tyson, director Simon Curtis, composer Carter Burwell and Purple Rain's Morris Day.