Since making history in 1986 as the youngest person to become boxing heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson has evolved into a budding Hollywood actor, with hopes of achieving the same amount of success he once earned in the ring.
The Brooklyn, NY native is among the many names featured in Malcolm D. Lee’s newly released comedy, “Scary Movie 5.”
While promoting the latest installment of the satire franchise, we caught up with Iron Mike who spoke on his cameo, in addition to his new-found passion for the theater stage.
What attracted you to portray yourself in “Scary Movie 5”?
I just thought it was awesome to put my face in a big franchise like “Scary Movie.” And regardless, I was portraying myself. I just thought it was a good look.
As your film career continues to flourish, what other roles are you interested in outside of comedy?
That’s funny that you say that. I never look at myself as a comedy type of guy. I just do what the director tells me to do. But I would definitely like to play different types of roles. I like stage acting. That’s really who I am.
Following the success of your one-man show, "Undisputed Truth," are there any plans to develop the production into a full length motion picture?
I have no idea as of now. I’m just on stage enjoying this stuff, and when that comes to play that’ll be great to. But I love the stage stuff. I love acting too, don’t get me wrong. But this is what I’m doing to pay the bills right now. And I enjoy doing it as well.
Aside from "Undisputed Truth," are you and Spike [Lee] planning to work together on any future projects?
He has a lot of programs going on right now. But I’m interested in writing my own stage plays. My wife writes television and movie scripts. So that’s what we do. We have a production company called, Tyrannic Productions.
When it comes to redefining your career and image, what are some of the things that has helped you evolve personally?
I don’t know. I guess I didn’t arrested or anything. [Laughs] But really, you have to be very grateful with the life that you have. You also have to be prepared to come to work and ready to serve. Everyone wants to rule, but you can’t rule without learning how to serve. It doesn’t go that way.
I have a charity, Mike Tyson Cares Foundation, giving kids a fighting chance to a better life. Since we’re new and in our infantile stages, we’ve been piggybacking off of the more established organizations and being able to provide for over 7,000 homeless children and families. That gave me a bigger satisfaction than anything I’ve ever done in my life.
Thus far, which career would you consider more challenging, acting or boxing?
I haven’t reached the amount of success in acting as I did in boxing. So I would always have to lean towards boxing because I’ve seen such magnificent heights there and unimaginable dreams. I was able to help a lot of people as well. I’m just looking to reach that status in acting, so I can work in the form of a missionary where I can also give to international charities around the world and be involved with them.
"Scary Movie 5" is now playing in theaters nationwide.