Jamie Foxx, Mike Tyson (Image courtesy: Instagram)
Jamie Foxx, Mike Tyson (Image courtesy: Instagram)

Jamie Foxx says his long-awaited Mike Tyson biopic moving forward

ANI | Updated: Jun 19, 2020 11:02 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], June 19 (ANI): American actor Jamie Foxx is bringing Mike Tyson's story to the big screen, finally.
According to Fox News, since the 2014 announcement that the 52-year-old star would act in a biopic centred on the legendary boxer, the project had been tangled in the web of film development.
Now, according to Foxx himself, things are finally moving forward.
The 'Just Mercy' actor recently chatted with filmmaker Mark Birnbaum on Instagram Live, where he revealed that the project is underway.
The Oscar-winning actor said, "It's a definitive yes. Doing biographies is a tough thing. Sometimes it takes 20 years to get them done, but we officially got the real ball rolling."
The 'Robin Hood' star added that he "can't wait" to share the story before diving into the story of how he met Tyson.
Foxx recalled, noting he was about 22 years old at the time when he first met the boxer, and said, "I met Mike Tyson in the weirdest way, I was on stage doing stand-up years ago. I get to my Mike Tyson joke and nobody claps, nobody laughs. You know why? Because Mike Tyson was watching."
The 'Ray' star 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."

Following which, Foxx told his joke and received a standing ovation and personal praise from Tyson.
The 'Blame It' singer explained, "So I started hanging out with Mike Tyson so I got to see Mike in two different ways, two different lives. 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.
The 'Annie' actor said, "That's the person that we want to show. We want to show everybody evolves. Everybody comes from a good or bad place and I think when we lay the layers on Mike Tyson in this story, I think everybody from young and old will be able to understand this man's journey and the way we'll place it."
Foxx also explained that a great deal of technology will go into making him look like Tyson.
The actor said, "I guarantee you, people will run up on me in the street and ask for an autograph and think that I'm Mike."
With the role of the legendary boxer, Foxx will have to physically prepare himself for the role as well, which includes a routine of 60 pull-ups, 60 dips and 100 push-ups every other day.
In past, Foxx also demonstrated his impression of the athlete several times.
Finally, the multi-hyphenate showed off a few snaps of himself amid his physical transformation, proving that he's building plenty of muscle to inhabit the role. (ANI)