There's been whispers of a Mike Tyson biopic for quite a while now, but it's mostly just been wishful thinking. However, in a recent interview with the man himself, Tyson mentioned who he wants to play him: none other than Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx.
Tyson's life is portrayed in a non-fiction documentary released today, aptly titled Tyson, but what the man is talking about with Jamie Foxx is a fictionalized version of his life, with drama and everything...
Here's what the man himself had to say about the project and the prospect of Foxx portraying him:
"It's gonna' be [about me]. It's gonna' be Jamie Foxx portraying me in a life story... 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."
Most who know about Tyson will know he's had one heck of a life, one which should make for one interesting film should it ever get made. If Foxx were to play Tyson, it may be another one of those roles which demands mental and physical strain. In his upcoming role as a homeless schizophrenic in The Soloist, Foxx has said playing the role was extremely tough, even having to go so far as to get therapy to recover from it.
I don't claim to be an authority on all things Mike Tyson, but even for a non-boxing fan like myself, details about some of the stuff in his life have been hard to miss. A movie about the life of the man may be a winner on both sides of the fence: those who know a lot about him already will enjoy seeing a dramatized version, and those who know very little can use it as a sort of history lesson.
See, we all win...
Foxx is one of the few comedians-turned-actors-turned-R&B Singers that actually has genuine acting talent, which he's shown with such things as his Oscar-winning performance in Ray (also a biopic), Collateral and Miami Vice. I don't think he'd be my absolute first choice to play Tyson, but he certainly wouldn't be a bad pick.
For now, it sounds like this is more a case of Tyson just wanting this to happen rather than it being anywhere near actually getting made. But the fact that Foxx has expressed interest in the project inspires a little more confidence than it otherwise would have. I wonder if it will be treated with the seriousness of other boxing biopics such as Raging Bull, The Hurricane and Ali (which Foxx, coincidentally, co-starred in) or if it will be unlike any biopic we've seen before.
I'm sure such a man demands such a thing...
Do you like the idea of a Mike Tyson biopic? Do you think Foxx would be a good choice to portray him?
For more real life Mike, you can check out the Tyson documentary, which opens in theaters today.