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Jamie Foxx Confirms Mike Tyson Biopic, Debuts Ultra Bulked Up Bod

Jamie Foxx Confirms Mike Tyson Biopic, Debuts Ultra Bulked Up Bod

Jamie Foxx and Mike Tyson

Jamie Foxx has confirmed he is moving forward on a Mike Tyson biopic.

It was first speculated in 2014 that the 52-year-old star may take on the role of the former heavyweight boxer, and Foxx has now confirmed the “ball is rolling” on the motion picture.

He said: “It’s a definitive yes.

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Jamie Foxx attends the premiere of New Line Cinema’s “Horrible Bosses 2” at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 20, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Django Unchained actor appeared on Mark Birnbaum‘s Catching Up Instagram Live series where he said, “Look, doing biographies is a tough thing. Sometimes it takes 20 years to get them done. But we officially got the real ball rolling.”

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Foxx has started an intense training regime to try to resemble Tyson’s physique.

He said: “Every other day, I do 60 pull-ups, we do 60 dips, we do 100 push-ups.”

Jamie Foxx bulking up for Mike Tyson role

But he joked: “I ain’t got no calf muscles, so we might have to get some prosthetics for that.”

Foxx added that he “can’t wait” to share the story before diving into the story of how he met Tyson, now 53.

“I met Mike Tyson in the weirdest way, I was on stage doing stand-up years ago,” Foxx recalled, noting he was about 22 years old at the time. “I get to my Mike Tyson joke and nobody claps, nobody laughs. You know why? Because Mike Tyson was watching.”

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New World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is lifted into the air wearing the championship belt after defeating WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno of Great Britain with a third round technical knockout 16 March at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. (Photo by MIKE NELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Foxx said that after the audience urged him to continue, a voice shouted out, “Yo, Mike said do the joke, but that shit better be funny.”

So naturally, Foxx told his joke and received a standing ovation and personal praise from Tyson.

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“So I started hanging out with Mike Tyson so I got to see Mike in two different ways, two different lives,” the “Blame It” singer explained. “I saw him at the height of his career and then when things got bad, things got bumpy, I also saw him as well, so what I’m excited about the movie is to show those moments of the different Mike.”

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Jamie Foxx attends the 1 Hotel West Hollywood Grand Opening Event at 1 Hotel West Hollywood on November 05, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

“That’s the person that we want to show,” said Foxx. “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 from young and old will be able to understand this man’s journey and the way we’ll place it.”

Watch the interview with Jamie Foxx below


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