If Mike Tyson has his way, he’ll get Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx to tackle his life story in an upcoming cinematic version of his life. The boxer has been talking to the press about this plan for more than a year now, and he told MTV News that it’s still very close to happening.
And what a movie it would be if Foxx ever indeed portrays Iron Mike on the big screen. Tyson — whose life is told in all its glory and tragedy in the new documentary “Tyson” set for release this Friday (April 24) — has seen enough drama in his life to fill multiple biopics. From his years as a wunderkind boxer under the tutelage of Cus D’Amato to his rape conviction and repeated attempts at redemption, the film would be unbelievable … if it weren’t all true.
“It’s gonna be [about me],” he told MTV News about the planned collaboration. “It’s gonna be Jamie Foxx portraying me in a life story.”
Although the details of the film are still fuzzy, Tyson said that Foxx is very interesting in playing the troubled boxer. “I don’t know [who might direct],” he said. “Jamie discussed the things he wanted to do. He didn’t know which way he wanted to go, but it was something he wanted to do. He told me not to tell anybody [too much]. He’s just interested in doing it.”
Foxx, who won an Oscar of his portrayal of Ray Charles in “Ray,” also has a movie opening this weekend. In “The Soloist,” he plays a homeless schizophrenic , a role he recently said was so emotionally taxing that he had to seek therapy to recover from it.
“It was something that I enjoyed, but it shredded me. I went to places that I never thought I would ever go,” he said. “I just remember being in my bathroom broke down, talking to my manager, like, ’I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish this.’ ”
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