Mike Tyson: I Want to Play Othello

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson: I Want to Play Othello

The former boxer on his "blossoming" acting career.

Published May 7, 2013

Mike Tyson may be relatively new to the acting game, but he's ready for a heavyweight role. 

The former boxing champ tells the New York Daily News that he would like to play one of literatures most famous characters. "Wouldn’t Shakespeare be awesome? That Black guy…could you imagine me in Othello?"

Despite critical raves for his one-man show, Undisputed, and roles in The Hangover, Entourage and Scary Movie 5, he admits he would need additional training. "Anything you give me time to prepare, I can do," he says. "I don’t think I am ready for [Shakespeare] yet, but I would like to try."

He adds, "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."

Tyson has been experiencing a career renaissance of sorts, so we don't doubt that he's capable of flourishing as an actor. Could a golden statuette be in his future?

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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