Jamie Foxx To Play Mike Tyson In Bio-Pic
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has confirmed that not only will he be playing former undisputed heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, but that he’s packing on the pounds to play the Brownsville native.
The former In Living Color cast member has set his goal weight of around 225 pounds for the role and tells Life & Style magazine he’s planning to take his time and do it as healthy as possible.
“I’ll gain a little weight…We have a doctor and we have a trainer, so we know how to gain it the right way, in increments. It’ll be (all) muscle.”
Foxx has been known for his impression of Tyson, who is on board the project after revealing he enjoys the Oscar winner’s take on his famous lisp.
“It’s on,” Tyson told The Sun about the movie on his life. “Jamie Foxx has signed on for it. Filming hasn’t started yet but it’s going to happen.”
And the boxing icon has warned fans the film will cover every aspect of his life, including a rape conviction and the second Evander Holyfield fight where Tyson bit off a piece of the “Real Deal’s” ear.
“A lot of people aren’t going to like the things I’ve done in my life,” he says.
Sources claim Tyson has even offered to train with Foxx to help him perfect the role:
“Mike knows it is Jamie’s dream to play him and they have talked about gym work and how he could put him through his paces,” the insider said. “The only thing is that if they go sparring and Mike connects, Jamie may never make any movie again.”
The “Tyson” biopic was first announced in 2014 when rumors suggested Martin Scorsese was interested in directing.