TORONTO — Mike Tyson says he’s met with Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx about collaborating on a possible biopic on his life.
“Me and Jamie Foxx have been talking and he’s willing to take that role and portray me as Mike Tyson, doing my life story,” the former heavyweight boxing champion said Friday during a conference call to promote an upcoming Toronto date for his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.” “I think he’s splendid because he’s really up to par. I think he would do a magnificent job.”
Further brainstorming of the project will “happen very shortly,” he added.
“I saw him the other night and we discussed it,” Tyson said. “He doesn’t have the physicality but he will. He’s able to … get bulky, so he’s capable of doing it in the future.”
Tyson will bring his solo production to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Sept. 10. Tickets go on sale July 31.
In the 90-minute show, he gives an unvarnished account of the highs and lows of his life – from his troubled upbringing in Brooklyn and famed boxing career, to his time in prison and addiction issues.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee directed the stage show, which has already run on Broadway and across the United States. He also turned it into an HBO special that aired last November.
– Associated Press