Jamie Foxx Links With ‘Ray’ Director for Mike Tyson Biopic
Following his Academy award-winning performance in the biopic ‘Ray,’ actor/singer Jamie Foxx is looking to take on the challenge of playing boxer Mike Tyson. Foxx is planning on linking with ‘Ray’ director Taylor Hackford for the film on Tyson’s troubled life.
“We have a certain kinship, and we’ve talked about when we do get back together what it would be like,” Foxx said of working with Hackford. “I think, for something like this, it would be great because everybody remembers that era and it’s been a long enough time that people need [refreshing].”
Tyson gave viewers a window into his personal life by way of his self-titled documentary released earlier this year. Foxx however is looking to delve even deeper into the former heavyweight champion’s life. “I’ve reached out to Mike [Tyson] and I’ve been open about it. Of all the biopics out there he has the most interesting story that no one has ever heard. I’ve been privy to know some of the private things that I just think are so amazing. It’s different because someone said ‘you know [Muhammad] Ali was this…and the Brown bomber… they had a great story and it was redemptive.’ I said ‘[These are] the stories we have today.’ There are no redemptive stories, there are just stories that just happen.”
Foxx can be seen in the upcoming flick ‘Law Abiding Citizen,’ alongside Gerard Butler. He is also currently on tour promoting his second album ‘Intuition’, which wraps up Oct. 17 in Los Angeles.