CATEGORIES Movie NewsThis is no joke. Comedian-turned-serious-actor Jamie Foxx has revealed he wants to play controversial ex-world heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson in a biopic that would reunite the actor with his 'Ray' director Taylor Hackford. This is no joke. Comedian-turned-serious-actor Jamie Foxx has revealed he wants to play controversial ex-world heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson in a biopic that would reunite the actor with his 'Ray' director Taylor Hackford.
Foxx recently told MTV News that he was making plans to team with the filmmaker to collaborate on a feature that would cast an unflinching eye on the fighter. Foxx (who can be seen October 16 in 'Law Abiding Citizen') told MTV that there's far more to Tyson than scary headlines. "I've been privy to some of the private things that I just think are so amazing," Foxx said. "Here's this guy that could do no wrong, and everything he did, we loved it. And then, when he wasn't the heavyweight champion, anything he did was considered foul and just horrible." Earlier this year, the boxer told MTV that he wanted Foxx to portray him on the screen if a feature was ever made.
Foxx, who can play good guys and bad guys equally well, may have an image problem with a Tyson role. The fighter has had more than his share of run-ins with the law, including lawsuits, prison time, car accidents and general obnoxiousness (at the peak of his popularity he was quoted as saying, "I could sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating"). Tyson rose to fame as a ferocious, hard-hitting 20-year-old (he was quickly nicknamed "Iron Mike") when he won the 1986 World Boxing Council championship, but fell out of grace with a messy divorce, rape allegations, bankruptcy and generally psychotic behavior.
But Foxx has a way of dealing with difficult roles. He played a hard-pushing music promoter in 'Dreamgirls,' won an Oscar for his poignant performance as Ray Charles in 'Ray,' and then starred as a homeless Julliard-trained musician in 'The Soloist.' Foxx may have to pump up some for this role, but we think he can tackle it: Most of the time he looks mean enough to take a big bite out of anything.