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Jamie Foxx talks 'Tyson' biopic

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Jamie Foxx talks 'Tyson' biopic

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Jamie Foxx has confirmed that he is working on a biopic of Mike Tyson.

The Oscar-winning actor has revealed that he is reteaming with Ray director Taylor Hackford for a film about the controversial boxer.

Foxx told MTV: "Mike Tyson, heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Taylor Hackford, who also directed the Ray Charles biopic, I think is my man. We have a certain kinship, and we've talked about when we do get back together what it would be like. 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 a refreshening."

The Soloist star has also said that he has already discussed the project with Tyson, who has previously insisted that he would be keen on having Foxx portray him in a movie.

Foxx said: "I've reached out to Mike, and I've been open about it. I think that, of all the biopics that are out there, he has the most interesting story that no one has ever heard. I've been privy to some of the private things that I just think are so amazing.

"Here's this guy that could do no wrong, and everything he did, we loved it. And then, when he wasn't the heavyweight champion, anything he did was considered foul and just horrible."

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