Jamie Foxx shares on boxer Mike Tyson’s biopic

Jamie Foxx shares  on boxer Mike Tyson’s biopic
June 19 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/19/2020 9:31:23 AM IST

 Jamie Foxx is finally bringing Mike Tyson’s story to the big screen.

Since the 2014 announcement that Foxx, now 52, would star in a biopic centered on the legendary boxer, the project has been tangled in the web of film development.

Now, according to Foxx himself, things are finally moving forward.

The Oscar winner recently chatted with filmmaker Mark Birnbaum over Instagram Live, where he revealed that the project is underway.

“It’s a definitive yes,” Foxx said. “Doing biographies is a tough thing. Sometimes it takes 20 years to get them done, but we officially got the real ball rolling.”

The “Ray” star added that he “can’t wait” to share the story before diving into the story of how he met Tyson, now 53.

“I met Mike Tyson in the weirdest way, I was on stage doing stand-up years ago,” Foxx recalled, noting he was about 22 years old at the time. “I get to my Mike Tyson joke and nobody claps, nobody laughs. You know why? Because Mike Tyson was watching.”

Foxx said that after the audience urged him to continue, a voice shouted out, “Yo, Mike said do the joke, but that s--t better be funny.”

So naturally, Foxx told his joke and received a standing ovation and personal praise from Tyson.

“So I started hanging out with Mike Tyson so I got to see Mike in two different ways, two different lives,” the “Blame It” singer explained. “I saw him at the height of his career and then when things got bad, things got bumpy, I also saw him as well, so what I’m excited about the movie is to show those moments of the different Mike.”

Foxx recalled another, more recent conversation he had with Tyson, in which the athlete confessed to being “happy” because he didn’t have “vultures” in his life after he lost a great deal of his money.

Comedian, singer and actor Jamie Foxx will play Mike Tyson in an upcoming movie. 



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