Actor Jamie Foxx has confirmed that he’ll be playing Mike Tyson in the latter’s biopic. The yet-unnamed movie, which was in development hell for six years, is finally coming to fruition.
Jamie Foxx made the revelation in Mark Birnbaum’s Instagram Live series Catching Up where the actor said “It’s a definitive yes,” when asked about the biopic.
Foxx starred as singer Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray and won many accolades including an Academy Award for his performance. The 52-year-old actor said that getting into the shoes of a real life character and doing biographies is a “tough thing”. “Sometimes it takes 20 years to get them done. But we officially got the real ball rolling,” he added.
The Django Unchained actor talked about the strict regimen he has to follow to get in shape to play the part. “What I’m doing right now is changing the body. So now what I do, every other day, I do 60 pull-ups, we do 60 dips, we do 100 push-ups,” the star said.
Foxx was confident that the final turnout would be utterly convincing and said, “I guarantee you people will run up on me in the street, and ask for autographs, and think that I’m Mike,” jokingly.
Jamie Foxx earlier hinted that he would be starring in Mike Tyson’s biopic in an Instagram interview with baskbetball player Candace Parker, where he also playfully impersonated the professional boxer.
Mike Tyson, popularly called “Iron Mike” was once the undisputed heavyweight champion. He got caught in a whirlwind of controversies and tabloid rumours, including charges of rape for which he served several years behind bars. The legend has had his fair share of tribulations, with his 4-year-old daughter Exodus’ tragic death in 2009.
The essence of the movie, as Foxx explained, is “to show, everybody evolves. 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.”
While the details about the filmmaker, the release date and the rest of the cast remain unknown, this is enough news to get us all pumped.