Tyson on Broadway

By Ta-Nehisi Coates


Iron Mike shows his acting chops:

Mr. Tyson said the idea came when he and his wife, Lakiha Tyson, saw Chazz Palminteri's semi-autobiographical one-man show "A Bronx Tale." "This is what we decided to do after I gave up drugs and being a pig," he said. Ms. Tyson wrote a loose script and Mr. Tyson took it to Las Vegas, performing six nights in April at the MGM Grand Hotel. (Randy Johnson, who directed the Las Vegas show, has a co-writer credit.) 

The show earned mixed to positive reviews. "Some of it can still make you shift uncomfortably in your seat, like when Tyson talks about being with Japanese prostitutes before his upset loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo," The Associated Press wrote. "Somehow, though, it works -- in a lot of ways." Mr. Lee did not see the show, but a friend did, and urged him to check it out. 

The director said he obtained a video and, calling it a "great American story," called the producer James L. Nederlander and said, "We've got to take this thing to Broadway."

The video above is really worth watching. Mike is, always, fascinating. I enjoyed his thoughts on the nadir of the heavyweight division, finding his ex-wife with Brad Pitt, MMA, and why he'd never come back. With that said, I really feel like his speech is starting to slur. It's getting really hard to not think about CTE.

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