No other boxer has had such a storied, and troubled, career as Mike Tyson. At one point, he was the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. Opponents feared him. Fans adored him. Promoters (and money men) loved him. Then he fell from grace – hard – going to jail for rape and becoming the butt of numerous jokes, slanders, and cautionary examples. For a while, it looked like he’d never rise above his past. Then, in 2009, he made an appearance as himself in the hit comedy ‘The Hangover‘ and it looked like the tide had turned. Now, the 46 year old is celebrating a new shot at celebrity, this time away from the sweet science and into an even bigger lion’s den: show business.
As part of this new approach to his career, Tyson recently completed a successful 10 week cross country tour of his Spike Lee-directed one man show, and HBO has bought the rights to film it for posterity. ‘Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth’ sees the former pugilist discussing all aspects of his life – his incredibly tough childhood, his fall into boxing, his sudden stardom, his struggles with success, even his stint in jail. Through some serious self-examination and a bunch of life lessons, he’s turned tragedies into an entertaining tell-all, offering a no holds barred experience that wowed audiences in Las Vegas (where the show began) and during an extended stint on Broadway.
The premium pay cable channel, known for such celebrated shows as ‘Game of Thrones‘ and ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ will capture Tyson on stage in all his goofy, gregarious glory for release sometime later this year. Lee will function as an executive producer (no word on if he is directing as well) along with the icon and his wife, Kiki. No date for filming or the premiere has been set as of yet.