Jamie Foxx has talked a lot about his interest in bringing the life story of infamous boxing champ Mike Tyson to the screen. Hollywood knows a good idea when they hear one and now, it sounds like it’s really happening. Foxx took to Instagram to make it official and debut a newly bulked-up body — a necessity for anyone who wants to play Mike Tyson.
“The transformation begins,” Foxx wrote. “It is no secret that I have been pursuing the @miketyson biopic for some time… people always ask me when is it going to happen?… things have finally lined up… A few months ago we started the journey… The first but biggest task is to transform the body… with a regiment of pull-ups dips and push-ups we are off to a pretty good start… we have a ways to go but God willing… yesterday on my good friends @markbirnbaum show. I shared these early pics of the process… like I said we have a ways to go… But I am prepared to get there!”
At his peak, the boxing world had never seen anything quite like Tyson, who became the youngest person to win the heavyweight title at just 20 years old, having won is first nineteen professional fights by knockout. He was arrested for rape in 1992 and was released on parole after three years, when he re-entered the sport and reclaimed the heavyweight title. In 1997, his match with Evander Holyfield was ended after Tyson bit his ears.
All that makes telling Tyson’s full story a complicated affair, but Foxx has some experience in nuanced biopics, given his Oscar-winning turn as Ray Charles in Ray.