Jamie Foxx Jokes His Mike Tyson Transformation Can Fool The Boxer’s Kids
There’s no doubt in my mind Jamie Foxx is taking his new role as Mike Tyson in a biopic about the boxer’s life seriously.
You only need to look at the Oscar winner’s ripped new physique to know it’s true, with Foxx having recently revealed he’s undergoing a dramatic body transformation by following a strict ‘Iron Mike’ workout each day.
In fact, it seems he’s so confident about his transformation that he’s already joking with Tyson about how the undisputed world heavyweight champion’s kids won’t be able to tell them apart.
Foxx made the bold claim in a new interview with CinemaBlend about the biopic, describing the whole experience as a ‘blessing’.
The actor went on to explain the lengths he’s going to in training to make sure he’s ready for the role, stating: ‘Obviously, the training is different. We’re doing weighted pull ups to sort of make the back look the right way, and make the arm look a certain way.’
‘But it is, to me, I guarantee you, it’s the most dedicated I’ve been to making sure that this story gets told, and gets told in the right way,’ Foxx added.
It seems he’s so dedicated to the cause, in fact, he doesn’t just want to fool anybody watching the film; he wants to make Tyson’s own children believe it’s their dad too.
And I joke with Mike. I said, ‘When I get dressed up as you, I’m going to walk into your house, and your kids are going to say daddy’s home.’
Welp. I’d have loved to have been a fly on the wall during that conversation. I can’t imagine Tyson taking too kindly to it, and no matter how jacked Foxx is, I still can’t imagine he’d be a match for an undisputed world heavyweight champion. Sorry Jamie.
As of yet, the movie doesn’t have a title or even a director. In fact, it might not even have an ending yet, with Foxx saying Tyson is ‘still writing another chapter in his life’. He added: ‘He’s getting ready to box. He’s 226 pounds. He looks fantastic. He’s calm, he’s happy. You haven’t seen this Mike in years.’
When Foxx eventually does step into Tyson’s shoes to bring him to life on the big screen, the actor hopes to show the ‘different’ lives of the boxer, who was convicted of rape in 1992 and served three years in prison.
‘We want to show [how] everybody evolves,’ he said. ‘I think when we lay the layer of Mike Tyson in this story, I think everybody from young and old will be able to understand this man’s journey.’
Further details about the project have yet to be announced.
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