According to Mail and Guardian, the 56-year-old Malcolm X director used 11 cameras to film two Broadway performances last week. The 47-year-old former heavyweight champion used a script written by his wife Kiki to tell the story of his colorful life.
Tyson said that performing onstage was surprisingly similar to fighting in the ring: “I can’t wait to get my hands on the guy like I can’t wait to get on stage. Just like in a fight, I wanted to kill everybody in the room, by my performance, of course.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Spike Lee is enthusiastic about Mike Tyson’s performance too. In a press event on Thursday, he explained that the boxer really opened up about his troubled past.
“Mike Tyson is the most honest human being I know,” Lee said. “Most people are not going to talk about their deep dark past and their demons. It’s the most courageous thing. I couldn’t do it. Most people couldn’t do it.”
And if anybody has dark demons to open up about, it’s Mike Tyson.
The high school dropout from Brooklyn was arrested numerous times as a young teen before he discovered boxing.
The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was undoubtedly one of the most gifted boxers who ever lived. He still holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles.
However, he lost years from his career when he served three years in prison for rape. He tried a comeback but ultimately went bankrupt in 2003 and retired in 2006. But Tyson seemed to be at peace with the ups and downs of his life.
Knowing that he’s forever famous for the ear-chomping incident during a 1997 fight with Evander Holyfield, Tyson kidded around with the media at Thursday’s event. “Don’t get too close,” he said. “I may bite you, as you know.”
HBO hasn’t yet said exactly when Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth will appear, but it will be sometime later this year.