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Jamie Foxx Preparing To Play Mike Tyson in New Motion Picture

Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx is preparing to play former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in a biopic of the controversial boxer.

The 49-year-old actor - who previously won an Academy Award for his portrayal of music star Ray Charles - has agreed a deal to star as the New York-born icon, whose career was blighted by numerous controversies.

A source said: ''Jamie went to a couple of sessions with his trainer in the gym for this movie. 'He looked quite good throwing a few jabs and crosses against the pads. But when he tried a bit of sparring, he didn't fare so well. 'He took a couple of hooks and walked out. He knows if he wants to play Iron Mike then he needs to improve that side of his game.''

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Legendary director Martin Scorsese is reportedly keen to helm the project, while Mike has also given Jamie a helping hand with his preparations.

The insider told The Sun newspaper: ''Mike knows it is Jamie's dream to play him and they have talked about gym work and how he could put him through his paces.

''The only thing is that if they go sparring and Mike connects, Jamie may never make any movie again.''

MIke, 51, is still the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Some of his career controversies included failed marriage to actress Robin Givens, a 1992 rape conviction, and being temporarily banned from the sport in 1997 after the infamous rematch with Evander Holyfield - where Tyson was disqualified in the third round after biting off a piece of Holyfield's ear.

Looking forward to the new movie, Mike recently admitted: ''A lot of people aren't going to like the things I've done in my life.''

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by La_Vibora on 09-14-2017

It would be a great story if they actually had Jamie train at Cus D'Amato gym with Kevin Rooney. It would give us a chance to see a Rooney/Mike reunion and see him come full circle. This movie has been…

Comment by iamboxing on 09-14-2017

They made a film about Pazienza "Bleed for this" which was great, it's about time we had a high production movie about Tyson, but as said before Foxx is too old, he's got bags under his eyes and some wrinkles,…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 09-14-2017

I'd far sooner see a film made of Bob Fitzsimmons. Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Judge Roy Bean. He rubbed shoulders & crossed swords with the best & worst of them!

Comment by Mikewilliams123 on 09-13-2017

"Mike should play Mike. Hollywood make up artists can pull off the age difference easily and put Mike back on the roids and in the gym. Everyone wants to see Mike Tyson. Jaime Foxx is a cornball homo." Best comment…

Comment by richardt on 09-13-2017

STUPID!!!! How can a 50 year old man play a fighter in his teens and 20's???!?!!!!!

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