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The world has seen many sides of Mike Tyson, and at age 45, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world is still peeling back the layers of an unbelievable lifetime.
During his six-day tell-all in Vegas — a one-man show titled Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth — the former boxer recounted many of the ups and downs from his personal life and career. The show was written and produced by Tyson, along with his wife Kiki, and finished its run on Wednesday.
“I’m not trying to become a billionaire or millionaire, I’m not trying to make a lot of money off of things, I just love entertaining people,” Tyson told The Hollywood Reporter of his decision to develop the show. “I just want it to be successful and I can mark this up as a successful journey in my wife’s life and [mine]. This is our first production together and we’re both just so ecstatic that we got these reviews. In order to succeed greatly, you always have to be prepared to handle if you fail greatly.”
The show was received to positive reviews during its short run, though its future remains uncertain. While the MGM Grand is a dream stage (and sometimes the ultimate goal) for countless performers, for Tyson, it just feels local.
“I’ve been living here for 27 years,” Tyson said of his Las Vegas home. “Most people go out and think, ‘Oh god, I’m opening up for Vegas,’ but I feel like I’m just doing a local joint. Everybody in Vegas and me are just locals.”
It is precisely his local residence in Las Vegas that also landed Tyson one of the biggest entertainment opportunities of his career – a role in Warner Bros.’ The Hangover. Tyson was recently confirmed to return to the franchise’s third and final installment, but told THR that he has yet to see a script.
“[I have] no idea what’s going on,” Tyson said. “Thomas Tull and those guys from Legendary Pictures said yes, they’d like to have me in it, but I’m just on standby waiting to perform.”
“That’s what my job is. I’m a performer, I’m very objective,” he continued. “I don’t look at myself like I’m a superstar, like people should bow down because I’m something special, like I did before.”
Tyson played a small, but key, role in the series’ first installment, returning for just a brief, but memorable, cameo appearance in the sequel. Asked how he would like to return for the next film’s storyline, Tyson simply replied: “I’d meet the director and I’d ask him to direct me. And then everything starts then ends from there.”
While Tyson recalled many of his darker moments, both personally and professionally, in Undisputed Truth, he currently has much to be grateful for. He and wife Kiki are currently approaching their third anniversary, the couple’s Tyrannic Productions company is working on a slew of TV projects, and Tyson recently made headlines by spoofing former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Caine for Funny or Die. Speaking with THR, Tyson also opened up about his children, whom he says are enjoying tremendous academic success.
“I made a lot of mistakes in my life in the sense of my children,” he said. “When I’m really down and out on it, I look at it from the perspective that they had better parents than I did. That’s all you can [do]. To be a better parent than your parents were.”
“My parents left me in the house with people coming in and out, [they would] molest us, take advantage of us, and my mother’s out screwing people or drinking. It’s a totally different lifestyle than what I’m accustomed to,” he continued. “I’m almost a little jealous of my kids. My kids have a great life. They’re Ivy school kids, the majority of them have 4.0s, 3.8s and that stuff. Doesn’t mean that equals a successful life, but they’re making me feel good right now.”
The Hangover: Part III is set for release on May 24, 2013, with Warner Bros. hoping to capitalize on Memorial Day weekend. “We’re going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned,” director Todd Phillips said of the project. “It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions.”
Bradley Cooper, Zack Galafianakis and Ed Helms are all set to return, along with Tyson. As THR previously reported, an early draft of the script (written by Phillips and Craig Mazin) was set in Los Angeles and deviated from the forgotten-debauchery formula of the first two films.
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