Jamie Foxx shares amazing Mike Tyson story, inspiration for role

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Mike Tyson is one of the most complex characters we have ever seen in the sports world. So, when you accept the opportunity to portray the boxing star in a biopic, you have to be prepared to show his many layers.

For Jamie Foxx, who recently caught up with Campus Sports, that was a welcomed challenge.

In fact, Foxx had previous interactions with Tyson that revealed a very unique side of the boxer. Tyson showed a sense of vulnerability and relief since hanging up his gloves that has allowed Foxx to take a special, never-before-seen approach to playing the Tyson character.

“The Mike Tyson we are going to try to capture in the movie — with Martin Scorsese at the helm, Terence Winter who wrote “Wolf of Wall Street” — we want to try capture the Mike Tyson that people don’t see… Mike Tyson at one point was super mega. I mean, just everything; house in Vegas, animals. And at the time I remember him having a party and everyone was there. I remember Stevie Wonder was there, Sisqo, everyone was there.

“For some reason, he didn’t like the Sisqo guy. I don’t know if Sisqo heard him, but he was like, ‘I don’t like that guy, the Thong Song guy, I don’t like tht Thong Song guy. Then, I remember a girl asking him for a picture and he went off. He said, ‘you don’t want to take a picture you want to put me back in jail.’ He went off. I was like ‘wow,’ even Stevie Wonder was like ‘what’s going on?’

“I watched that moment where he was really threatened by that picture because he had gone to jail because of the rape allegations and one of his place sisters came out and said ‘stop that’ because security was afraid to approach him. He was in an angry state. So, she walked him back to a room and settled him down.

“Years later, after everything sort of fell apart, I thought in the role of taking on Tyson that I would tell that story contrast with when I went to his house not long ago. I said, ‘how you doin’ Mike?’ He said, ‘I’m not going to lie, my brother. I’m happy.’ I asked why.  ‘Because I don’t have any money anymore, nobody can take anything from me, I’m so happy right now.’ I said what’s that mean? He said, ‘because with all these vultures around me taking everything, just sucking my blood, so I’m glad I don’t have any money anymore. They don’t have anything.’

“I said, ‘wow. That’s the movie. That’s the person that you tell.'”

It’s going to be very exciting to see that portrayal of Mike Tyson come to the silver screen and, if anyone can pull it off, it is Foxx.

For the full interview with Jamie Foxx on “Time Out,” click here.

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CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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