The Cannes Film Festival is all a buzz about controversial boxer Mike Tyson. And get this: It's good buzz! Tyson, 41, has shocked folks with the gritty details of his life in a new documentary, "Tyson," which reportedly won him a standing "O" at the festival. Imagine that?
"I lived a wild and extreme life," the former heavyweight champion told reporters Saturday. "I used drugs. I had altercations with dangerous people. I slept with guys' wives that wanted to kill me. I'm just happy to be here, you know. "
Tyson talks about that disturbing ear-biting incident, his rough childhood and his late trainer, Cus D'Amato, who transformed the troubled teenager into a world-class champion. D'Amato died just the year before a 20-year-old Tyson in 1986 became the youngest heavyweight champion. He lost his title four years later. Tyson also goes into detail about his sex life, describing his need to dominate women and about suffering from a painful bout of gonorrhea during one of the most important fights of his career.
He could have kept that to himself.
But he also claims innocence again in the 1991 rape of that beauty queen.
"I've been abusive to women before in my life," he acknowledged. But in this case, "I thought (the conviction) was wrong, I thought it was unfair."
Any time Mike Tyson speaks, we're entertained. So this should be a treat!