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Why Jamie Foxx Needs to Play Mike Tyson

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Jamie Foxx is still keeping things under wraps on his unofficial announcement that he will be playing Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic. The actor currently starring in the musical ‘Annie’ plans to switch things back up and get back to playing more serious characters. Sources told Variety that Foxx is attached to play Tyson in an untitled biopic that Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) is on board to write while Foxx’s manager, Rick Yorn, produces.

It’s easy to see why Jamie Foxx and his producers would want to take on a project like this due to Tyson’s electrifying rise and fall in and out of the ring. Tyson was known for the power and ferociousness he displayed in his fights, making him one of the world’s most well-known sports figures. After losing his Heavyweight Title in 1990 after being upset by Buster Douglas, his life began to spiral downward, starting with a six-year stint in prison after being found guilty of rape. Tyson did return to boxing, but after losing to Evander Holyfied and Lennox Lewis, he was never quite the same as before.

(Jamie Foxx, photo via thewrap.com)
(Jamie Foxx, photo via thewrap.com)

Jamie Foxx would be fantastic for this role as he has previously proven his acting chops as Muhammad Ali’s cornerman Dwight “Bundini” Brown in ‘Ali.’ In addition to portraying Brown, he has further proven his ability to morph into characters such as Ray Charles in ‘Ray’ or Wall Street rebel Jordan Belfort in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ Here is Foxx impersonating Tyson during an old stand-up routine:

All kidding aside, it will be interesting to see if Foxx can channel the anger of Mike Tyson for possible recreations of scenes like this:

This film has the potential to be a classic, so it’s easy understand why the writers and producers are taking their time on this project. Even though the fans want to see this film now, it might be better to wait and let them iron (no pun intended) everything out before rushing and releasing a dud. Who knows? Mike Tyson might not even be done making crazy headlines, but they should make the film while we and Jamie Foxx are still young.