"16 yrs ago today I had the notorious Bite Fight with @holyfield. I'm so glad we are friends now." Former boxing champ Mike Tyson marks the anniversary of the headline-grabbing 1997 fight for the World Boxing Association's Heavyweight Championship, where he infamously bit off a piece of his rival Evander Holyfield's ear.
Former boxing champ-turned-actor Mike Tyson's one-man stage show has landed him his first TV special. His Undisputed Truth show is to be filmed by HBO Films for a broadcast later this year (13). The project will be directed by Spike Lee, who championed and mentored Tyson throughout his theatrical run.
Undisputed Truth debuted in Las Vegas in 2012 and has since enjoyed success on Broadway and on tour across the U.S.
Tyson says, "I'm incredibly grateful to HBO for partnering with me and for believing in my story. It is an honour and a privilege to be working with them to bring my one-man show, Undisputed Truth, to life on the television screen."
Tyson's wife Kiki is among the show's producers and she will also co-write her husband's dialogue for the HBO special.
When Neil Patrick Harris was playing a new father in The Smurfs, he felt like the autenthicity of his performance was anchored down by one small fact: he didn't actually have any kids. But since production ended on the first film, the actor's family has expanded to include 2-year-old twins, which he told Hollywood.com on the set of The Smurfs 2 made filming the sequel a whole lot easier. "That little nagging voice in my head saying that I'm not believable isn't really there anymore, because I'm more like the character," Harris said.
In talking about his children, the actor expressed that he's not that concerned with sheltering his kids from certain content. He'd rather show them what's going on in real life and explain it to them when they have questions. Furthermore, Harris doesn't think being a father will affect his choices as an actor. He's going to do what interests him artistically, and if his kids have questions, he'll answer them. "I don't think it'll stop me from doing, you know, soft core porn," he joked. "I'll just eliminate my middle name. Then they won't be able to find it on YouTube."
While porn is probably not actually in Harris' future, one of the reasons we love him is because of his versatility. From The Smurfs to How I Met Your Mother to hosting the Tonys, Harris knows how to entertain on every level.
And speaking of the Tonys, Harris says planning for the show is just as hectic as we might imagine. "An exorbitant amount of effort went into the Tonys," he said. Much of the planning had to happen via FaceTime chats because he still had to be on the Smurfs set. He spent about two weeks multitasking before it was all done. "It's hard to concentrate on two big things at one time," he said, "especially when that one's like the ball in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's coming at you with gaining momentum, and you can't stop it. But it turned out well."
Of course it turned out well. How can you not love him as the host? The Tonys without Neil Patrick Harris would be like Smurfs that aren't blue.
Now that Broadway's awards season is over, Harris is fully focused on The Smurfs 2. He said the whole cast feels more confident with this one. They know what the computer-animated graphics look like now, so filming to invisible things that don't exist became much easier. And if this film is as successful as the first, Harris said he would be interested in doing a third movie as well — even if he has no idea what it would be about. "I don't know what that story would be," he said. "Maybe in the third movie, we'll all be different people. We'll be the Smurfs. I don't know. Who knows?"
Harris even has a plan if he ends up playing a Smurf one day. "Who would be my Smurf? I could be Magical Smurf, with a bag of magic tricks."
Whether it's magic tricks or movie magic, Harris never fails to warm our hearts and make us smile. So if you're in need of a dose of adorable fatherhood, see Harris in The Smurfs 2 this July.
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The 67th Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, was swimming with A-List stars — and from the moment they stepped foot on the red carpet to the final curtain call, they were having a blast. We should know, we were in the thick of it.
While viewers at home were transported to Broadway with 15 musical numbers and laughed along with Neil Patrick Harris' fantastic hosting, those of us on the red carpet and in the media room were privvy to a little extra bit of fun. Here's what the TV cameras didn't catch.
Mike Tyson, who enjoyed a stint on Broadway with a one-man show last year, amazed everyone with his cameo appearance in Harris' show-stopping (or show-starting, as the case may be) opening number. But before he hit the stage, we watched Tyson hug The Sopranos' Steven Van Zandt (who would later present an award with Tom Hanks) on the red carpet. Tyson looked dapper on stage, but outside in the 90-degree New York City heat, the fighter was sweating like he had just exited the boxing ring. Inside the theater, Tyson cozied up with Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg.
Broadway veteran Bernadette Peters cut a stunning figure in a green Donna Karan Atelier with a basketweave texture. What you didn't see was the assistant she had on hand to scoop up and properly arrange her gown's train between poses.
Cyndi Lauper was the well-deserving belle of the ball on Sunday night. Not only did she rake in six awards (her show, Kinky Boots, was nominated for 13), but she was incredibly gracious to her fans and her energy was boundless. On the carpet before the ceremony, Lauper made sure to wave to the legions of fans lining the street (Glee and Annie star Jane Lynch did the same). Following her win, she hammed it up for photographers in the press room.
On the red carpet, Scarlett Johansson greeted Sienna Miller (whose fiancé, Tom Sturridge, was nominated for his work in Orphans) with a kiss on the cheek. Backstage, Johansson was equally chummy with fellow presenter Alan Cumming. The two played patty-cake before presenting the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
On the carpet, Cumming made peace signs and crazy faces while posing for photographers.
Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (whom you may know from Private Practice) shared the spotlight — and a hug — with her daughter, Zoe.
Smash star Megan Hilty shared the stage with fellow Broadway actors-turned-TV-stars Laura Benanti (Go On) and Andrew Rannells (The New Normal) for a laugh-out-loud musical number that poked fun at their bad luck on screen (cliffnotes: their shows have all been canceled). Hilty's Smash co-stars Debra Messing and Will Chase — who notoriously had a real-life affair — were conspicuously cuddly.
Home audiences were lucky enough to see this tender moment between Annie star Sunny (who plays Sandy, the lovable stray canine) and host Neil Patrick Harris. But since it's just too cute for words, here it is again:
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Former boxing champion-turned-actor Mike Tyson is getting animated to star as a crime-solving detective in a new TV series. The Hangover star has signed a deal with America's Adult Swim cable network for the Mike Tyson Mysteries, which will feature a character voiced by the retired sportsman, who receives help on his adventures from a magical face tattoo and his foul-mouthed pigeon sidekick. Tyson himself is famous for the tribal inking on his face and is also known for owning racing pigeons.
The 15-minute shows have yet to be given a premiere date.
Look out everyone! Iron Mike is shortly going to become Ink-and-Paint Mike. Former boxer and notorious ear-biter Mike Tyson is getting his own quarter-hour cartoon series, developed by Warner Bros. Animation, in which, voicing an animated alter ego of himself, he'll take to the streets to fight crime and solve mysteries.
We're not kidding: Mike Tyson Mysteries was announced at the Adult Swim upfront as a series to launch this fall. I mean, crazier things have happened than the idea of Mike Tyson fighting crime. Steven Seagal actually became a lawman. And Tyson has already been animated via Homer's boxing nemesis Drederick Tatum on The Simpsons.
Tyson's infamous face tattoo is supposedly "magic" in the cartoon, but whether that means it's some kind of cranial hyperlink, a Cyclops-style ray-blaster, or the ink embodiment of his conscience is unclear. We also know that Tyson's animated avatar will have a talking pigeon sidekick that Adult Swim describes as "fowl-mouthed." Imagine the illegitimate offspring of Ted and Iago from Aladdin and you've probably got that pigeon pegged.
But Mike Tyson Mysteries isn't all that came out of the Adult Swim upfront. Dan Harmon's first post-Community TV project is getting a home there this fall. His half-hour animated series Rick and Morty is about a genius inventor and his relationship with his less-than-Mensa-worthy grandson. Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder also has two pilots in the works. Hot Package, a Canadian entertainment show designed as a parody of spray-tanned, teeth-bleached entertainment shows like Extra and Entertainment Tonight sounds pretty hilarious. Plus, Bryan Cranston and Seth Green are exec-producing a new show co-created by Robot Chicken's Matthew Senreich called Übermansion, about the mundane lives of six superheroes living together in a mansion, Jersey Shore-style.
Will you be tuning in to any of these this fall?
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"Nobody has called me and I would love to be a part of that 100 per cent. I need people to direct me and I will give it the best I can possibly give. I just need to be directed, that's all." Former fighter Mike Tyson is eyeing a part in Sylvester Stallone's hard man franchise, The Expendables.
Former boxing champ Mike Tyson wants to take his acting ambitions to the next level by tackling the works of William Shakespeare. The ex-fighter has been carving out a career in TV and film since retiring from the ring, landing a string of cameos in projects such as The Hangover, Entourage and Scary Movie 5.
He's now wants to perform in plays by the Bard, and is eager to kickstart his stage career by landing the lead role in Othello.
He tells the New York Daily News, "Wouldn't Shakespeare be awesome? That black guy... could you imagine me in Othello?"
But Tyson admits he will have to work hard to be at the level needed to properly portray one of Shakespeare's most famous characters.
He adds, "Anything you give me time to prepare, I can do. I don't think I am ready for that yet, but I would like to try.
"My career as an actor has blossomed. I never considered myself a comedian or actor, even though I was in movies and shows helping out friends... a lot of my friends are actors and directors and they say, 'Mike, we need you to concentrate and take it seriously. They say my skills are horrible, but I have the natural timings for it. I am working on my skills."
Mike Tyson has revealed he was in a daze while shooting his iconic comedy scenes in The Hangover because he was still battling substance abuse issues at the time. Reflecting on the making of the movie, which helped turn Tyson's fortunes around, the former boxer tells The Hollywood Reporter he wasn't "coherent" about the project or his role in it.
He says, "Somebody had told me something about a movie, but I wasn't coherent as to what he was talking about. They made it sound like it was low-budget, not a serious movie."
Director Todd Phillips adds, "At that time, Mike was sort of struggling. He's the first to admit he was still struggling with drugs while we were filming that movie, although I didn't know at that time."
And Tyson was more than a little confused when he bumped into an excited Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis at a Las Vegas party and they told him they were thrilled to be working with him.
He recalls, "They said, 'We're going to be shooting a movie with you in two weeks...' I said, 'Really?' and I started drinking with them. I was a little wasted at the time."
Mike Tyson was horrified when an ex-girlfriend cooked and ate one of his beloved racing pigeons. The boxer-turned-movie star reveals his ex even offered him a bite of her boiled bird, but he couldn't bring himself to dine on a feathered friend. Appearing on the Boomer & Carlton radio show in America on Thursday (25Apr13), the avid pigeon fancier recalled, "I was dating this young lady and she said, 'I don't know why you're flying those damn birds, you should be eating them.'
"She happened to grab one and she cooked one and proceeded to eat it. And I just couldn't do it... It just wasn't the right thing to do... It wasn't cool. But it was her house and we were living off of her dime, so she could do (it)." The Hangover star, who is currently touring theatres with his one-man show, reveals the romance ended soon after the bird-eating incident.