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Elice Hennessee Elice Hennessee
June 21st, 2012 11:56am EDT

Mike Tyson and Spike Lee for new Boradway Show

The infamously garrulous Mike Tyson recently appeared on the Today Show to discuss his new Broadway show collaboration with director Spike Lee. This is Spike Lee’s first attempt at Broadway and Tyson is set to perform a one-man show titled Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth to open at the Longacre Theatre for six days only, starting July 31.

What will surely make this show interesting is Tyson’s infamous no-holds-barred story telling approach to his life. In his heyday, Tyson was known to make public outlandish, comical, and, sometimes, incomprehensible remarks – so much so, he was often parodied on night-time comedy television shows. Here is a clip from the once popular show In Living Color, making fun of Tyson to that end. Skip to about 3:19 for the funniest part. 

Aside from his nonsensical and filter-free commentary, Tyson has also been vilified as an aggressive, violent and volatile brute after his many domestic abuse charges and rumors and his other brawls outside the ring – not to mention that whole ear-biting carnivorous Mike vs. Holyfield stunt. Though, in recent years, I have formed the opinion that Tyson, for the most part, has gotten a bad rap.

Indeed, domestic violence is a horrendous act and he deserved every bit of the backlash he received from those situations. But the biography documentary Tyson released in 2008 and produced, in part, by Carmelo Anthony, portrays a much softer side to Mike Tyson. This documentary shows a sensitive, wounded, and pitiful Tyson -- a Tyson that beckons sympathy and consideration. From a PR perspective, one could argue that this is the first time we are able to see the REAL Tyson and deduce a cause to all of his anger, aggression and loose-lipped loquaciousness. For the first time, the public was able to see a relatable Tyson. One who could solicit much more forgiveness than before. Anyone who has gone through hardship and pain could better understand the misfortunes and events that led up to who Tyson had become at the height of his career -- what the media depicted as a thoughtless barbarian. The ability to relate to the public is much needed to survive and succeed as a public figure and arguably, came much too late for Tyson. Here is a clip from the very end of his documentary, in which you see Tyson in a much different light than usual.

 

Aside from his nonsensical and filter-free commentary, Tyson has also been vilified as an aggressive, violent and volatile brute after his many domestic abuse charges and rumors and his other brawls outside the ring – not to mention that whole ear-biting carnivorous Mike vs. Holyfield stunt. Though, in recent years, I have formed the opinion that Tyson, for the most part, has gotten a bad rap.

Indeed, domestic violence is a horrendous act and he deserved every bit of the backlash he received from those situations. But the biography documentary Tyson released in 2008 and produced, in part, by Carmelo Anthony, portrays a much softer side to Mike Tyson. This documentary shows a sensitive, wounded, and pitiful Tyson -- a Tyson that beckons sympathy and consideration. From a PR perspective, one could argue that this is the first time we are able to see the REAL Tyson and deduce a cause to all of his anger, aggression and loose-lipped loquaciousness. For the first time, the public was able to see a relatable Tyson. One who could solicit much more forgiveness than before. Anyone who has gone through hardship and pain could better understand the misfortunes and events that led up to who Tyson had become at the height of his career -- what the media depicted as a thoughtless barbarian. The ability to relate to the public is much needed to survive and succeed as a public figure and arguably, came much too late for Tyson. Here is a clip from the very end of his documentary, in which you see Tyson in a much different light than usual.

Overall, this should make for an interesting collaboration worthy of checking out. I certainly hope Spike Lee doesn't disappoint in the execution of the project and Tyson doesn't disappoint in the delivery.   

 

 

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