Beefed-Up Jamie Foxx Teases Forthcoming Mike Tyson Biopic

Dan Mennella
June 19, 2020 - 9:57 am
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Willie Beamen is trading in the gridiron for the squared circle.

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, who became a silver screen star in part thanks to his turn as a quarterback in the hit football flick Any Given Sunday, is once again depicting a star athlete -- this time the legendary boxer Mike Tyson.

Foxx recently detailed the training regimen he has undertaken in order to bulk up his physique, and even revealed a glimpse of how he'll portray Tyson's famously unique voice and lisp, TMZ reported.

"What I'm doing right now is changing the body," Foxx said in a recent episode of Catching Up with Mark Birnbaum. "So now what I do, every other day I do 60 pullups, 60 dips, 100 pushups. It's changing the body -- top half, I ain't go no legs. I ain't got no calf muscles, so we're gonna have to get some prosthetics for that.

"In changing the body, we will be 216 pounds when we shoot. And then we'll balloon to 225, 230 which will look like 250 on screen."

Foxx, sporting a chrome dome and beard that Tyson has come to wear in recent years, touted the movie's liberal use of CGI to beef up his frame so that he would look as ripped as Iron Mike, and revealed grainy photos on his phone that appeared to show him with massive biceps and shoulders.

Tyson was generally measured at 5'10" and around 240 pounds in his fighting career, a somewhat unusual physique for a heavyweight, who tend to be taller and longer. With his short reach and crushing punches, Tyson liked close-quarters combat and often went for quick, decisive knockouts rather than marathons.

The movie has been years in the making, TMZ reported, and Foxx confirmed it is now in production.

Foxx said he met Tyson in 1992 when he was doing standup, and has remained friendly with him through his many ups and downs. He said he wanted to portray the side of Tyson that the public doesn't get to see.

"When I called Mike a couple of years ago, I said, 'Mike how are you doing?' He said, 'All praises to Allah my brother, I'm just happy.'

"I said, 'Why are you happy?' He said, 'I'm just happy because I don't have crazy amounts of money anymore, so I don't have any vultures around me. No one can take anything from me anymore, so I'm just happy. How are you good brother?'

"I said, 'Ooh, that's the person we want to show.' Everybody evolves. Everybody comes from a good or bad place. And I think when we lay the layers on Mike Tyson in this story, I think everybody will be able to understand this man's journey, and the way we'll place it."

Tyson's meteoric rise from youngest heavyweight champion in history to accused spousal abuser and convicted rapist remains among the saddest and most stunning falls from grace in sports. He served three years in prison before returning to boxing, including his infamous bouts with Evander Holyfield, but was a diminished fighter and later struggled with substance abuse and financial woes.