Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx was lauded for his portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles in Ray, and now he says he'd like to play a serious version of a guy he has done a comedic impression of for years: Mike Tyson.
Foxx was on Live with Kelly and Michael this past week, and told a story about how he'd spoken with Tyson about the idea before, and how he's gotten to know Mike over the years.
See, I got a chance to hang out with Mike when Mike was at his height, and I watched Mike Tyson go from his height to where he is now, and I talked to Mike about doing his story. And I said, ‘Mike, how do you feel? ‘I'm happy. God bless Allah, my brother.' I said, ‘Why are you happy? ‘I don't have any money. So I'm very happy. No one's trying to take anything from me.' And it broke my heart when I heard him say that. And I said, ‘What do you mean?' He says, ‘When I had money, and I was doing bad stuff too, but everybody was all over me.' He said, ‘All I wanted to do is box and fall in love.' So I think that story would be fantastic. And I actually gained 225 pounds to do a role at one point. And I had my makeup artist dress me up as Mike Tyson, and I was in Toronto, and people were literally coming up asking for autographs. So hopefully, Mike, if you're listening, let's make history.
Would you like to see an A-list treatment of Tyson's life story with Foxx as the lead?