*Back in 2014 it was announced that Jamie Foxx had been cast to play Mike Tyson. Last month, the actor confirmed that the movie is now in the works.
“It’s a definitive yes,” said Foxx while on Mark Birnbaum’s Instagram Live series “Catching Up.”
“Look, doing biographies is a tough thing,” he said, per TMZ. “Sometimes it takes 20 years to get them done. But we officially got the real ball rolling.”
The Oscar-winner said he’s excited to show audiences the “different lives” of Tyson.
“We want to show everybody evolves,” Foxx said. “I think when we lay the layer of Mike Tyson in this story, I think everybody from young and old will be able to understand this man’s journey.”
But how does Tyson’s ex-wife Robin Givens feel about the biopic?
“It’s a little, hm, I don’t want to say bothersome but it’s funny in life how you’re always kind of learning and growing and healing and that wasn’t like a fun ex for me,” she told Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM Radio show.. “I had a good friend of mine — we’ve been talking about this — I went and got the book that he wrote and I was reading it and there were so many things that are so not true that it’s hard not to feel deeply disturbed by it, you know what I mean?”
Hear her tell it via the clip above.
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Givens and Tyson married in 1988, but she filed for divorce just eight months later. In an interview with Barbara Walters, she said being married to the famed boxer was “torture, pure hell.”
When Cohen asked whether she hopes she’s not in the movie at all, Givens said, “Of course” — adding, “the absolute truth would be absolutely yes.”
“You know what term you hear a lot recently, ‘My truth,’ I hear that term. For me, I kind of believe truth is truth,” she continued. “It’s Monday, 7:45 Pacific Time, there are certain things that are true and not true. And for somebody to take history and repurpose it or write what they want is so deeply upsetting to me. I don’t want to get bogged down in that … I think just to be able to lie … you throw enough mud, it sticks. We’re living in this time now where people can say all kinds of things and if you say it loud enough, people believe it.”
When Cohen suggests she reach out to the film’s producers, Givens noted that #MeToo movement has made it so that she’s not have to do that.
“The climate’s been changed, so you have the #MeToo movement and things that used to be acceptable to do to women or say about women, I don’t think are necessarily acceptable now,” she said.
“I think to be on the other end of what I’ve experienced and to have somebody say, ‘The best punch I ever threw was against Robin and she bounced one wall to the next and was out,’” she continued, repeating a quote from the book “Fire and Fear: The Inside Story of Mike Tyson” attributed to Mike. “I’m literally praying that those things, we’re in a climate where it’s not acceptable, it’s not rewarded, it’s not congratulated and that’s something that truly means a lot to me.”
When Givens spoke with Bevy Smith about the biopic, she noted “what happened to me gave me a voice — not only for myself, but for other women that were in my position.”
She also stressed once again that “men can’t brag about hitting women any longer and call them names or where the victimizer becomes the victim.”
“I think it’s just a different climate, I hope so and I hope the movie reflects that,” she added. “We don’t let the victimizer get away with now becoming the victim.”
Scroll up and hear more from Robin on the subject via the clip above.