Jamie Foxx To Star In Biopic About Mike Tyson

Actor Jamie Foxx better start bulking up, he’s set to start filming a new movie, about ‘Iron Mike Tyson.’
Foxx who starred as singer Ray Charles in ‘Ray’ in 2004 won an Oscar for his uncanny portrayal of the singer. The actor is known for his meticulous work when playing real characters ‘that move him’. He also played the late founder of the street gang, ‘Crips’ Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams. The film in 2004, ‘Redemption: The Stanley Tookie Williams Story’ also won praise for his accurate portrayal of Williams who was executed in 2005 at San Quentin State Prison in California.

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Foxx spent many hours with Williams on death row, and was at the prison when he was executed. Foxx publicly thanked the former heavy weight champion for ‘having trust in him, to tell his story.’ The Tyson movie has been in discussion for several years, and Tyson said that he wanted Foxx to play him, because ‘he admires his work so much.’ Now Foxx and Tyson are publicly discussing the project. Tyson appeared on the Joe Rogan show and talked about the movie. Tyson said that he started thinking about retiring in 2000, he actually retired in 2005. The former boxer, who has done Broadway will turn 53 in June.

Tyson said of Foxx playing him, “he can do it, he can do anything. I really wanted him to do it for a long time. It’s going to be really wild. He’s pretty awesome” Tyson said that Foxx would be regularly hanging out with him, to understand him better prior to filming. Tyson said that he will be a consultant on the film to have some control over his story. The 1995 HBO film ‘Tyson’ starring Micheal Jai White, was disappointing. He claims he was supposed to have creative control over the film, ‘but the final film was not to his liking.’ He said this time around, ‘it’s going to be very different.’

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