Undisputed Truth From an Undisputed Champ


Born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1966, Michael Gerard Tyson is an all-time boxing great who, in his prime, struck fear in the heart of opponents. He compiled an impressive record of 50 wins, 5 losses and 1 disqualification (for biting off an opponent’s ear) over the course of an incomparable career in which he became the first undisputed heavyweight champ to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF title belts simultaneously.

Iron Mike has weathered a host of woes and controversies outside the ring ranging from allegations of spousal abuse to a rape conviction to the death of his 4 year-old daughter, Exodus, to declaring bankruptcy after frittering away over $300 million in prizefight purses. Today, he is a very happily-married man, with a couple of children, Milan and Morocco, by his third wife, Kiki.

Mike is currently on a 36-city tour of the country in Undisputed Truth, a one-man show which is part-comedy, part-confessional. Here, the pugilist-turned-actor talks about his latest movie, Scary Movie 5, co-starring a rogue’s gallery of controversial celebrities including Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Katt Williams and Snoop Dogg.

Kam Williams: Hi Mike, thanks for the interview.
Mike Tyson: What’s up, Kam?

KW: How did you get into acting?
MT: Just from messing around with a friend, Jim Toback, the director of {The Pickup Artist}. I always used to see him in New York and talk to him when I was younger, like a teenager. Anthony Michael Hall brought me onto the set of one day in about ’86, and Jim and I became acquainted and then good friends, and he started putting me into his movies, first {Black and White}, and then we did {Tyson}. He thought I was an interesting character. After that, I did {The Hangover} and got bitten by the acting bug. I have a lot of friends who’ve won Oscars, and they started telling me I could do it, too.

KW: When we talk about comedy, you hear words that could refer to boxing like “timing” and “punch line.” Do you see any similarities between the two?
MT: I don’t know. People tell me I’m a comedian, but I don’t approach acting from that perspective. I do know that everything in life has to do with your timing and perception. You have to be comfortable with the rhythm that you’re in. You can’t just jump into a fast rhythm if yours is slow. You might have to pick up the pace but in your own particular way. It has to do with personality, too.

KW: How the play‘s being received?
MT: We’ve been doing just great, selling out every night. And I couldn’t believe the reviews. I couldn’t believe it was me they were talking about. They’re saying “Remarkably funny!” and “Moving!” I was like “They’re talking about me?” The biggest honor I had so far was when the comedian Jeff Ross told me he liked it and said, “You’re one of us, now.” That was just amazing.

KW: Who was stronger, Razor Ruddock or Bonecrusher Smith?
MT: Bonecrusher was stronger, but Razor Ruddick hit harder.

KW: What was the hardest punch you ever took in the ring?
MT: Wow! A bunch of guys really rang my clock. Gee! Razor Ruddock… Lennox Lewis… Evander Holyfield… They all did a number on me.

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
MT: Me? I see an old, broke-ass black guy taking care of a bunch of kids, living life, taking them to school, and all that stuff, who’s asking himself: What the hell is this? But I wouldn’t give it up for the world because I love my wife. I never expected to have a life like this. No chaos… no confusion… no lawsuits… no violence… no going to jail…

KW: Lastly, if you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
MT: That my daughter could still be with us.

KW: My condolences, Mike. Thanks again, and best of luck with all your endeavors.
MT: Thank you, Kam. Okay, brother.

To see the schedule for Mike Tyson’s one-man play Undisputed Truth, visit: http://tysonontour.com/

To see a trailer for Scary Movie 5, visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMDZ8M47j0I

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Undisputed Truth From an Undisputed Champ

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