Actor Jamie Foxx is going to lace up his boxing gloves and work on his knockout as he prepares for his role as Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic. The former heavyweight champion revealed that after five years, the project is finally up and running.
Tyson told the Daily Mirror that CGI effects will be used that will allow Foxx to portray him during different stages of his life. Tyson says, “Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it. Within a year to 18 months, we’re going to do the Mike Tyson story and he’s going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie’s pretty much my age, so he can’t portray me, but they have this new system.”
Foxx is no stranger to transforming himself for a role. In 2005 he won a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of blues musician Ray Charles in the movie biopic Ray.
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