Feared gladiator. Tyrant. Fierce competitor. Those were just a few of the “glowing” remarks hoisted upon Mike Tyson when he became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing’s history. Since all the hoopla, the tirades and jokes have died down, Brooklyn’s own Mike Tyson has evolved into a budding Hollywood actor with roles in cult dramatic classics (Black and White), comedies (The Hangover) and the Broadway stage (the one-man stage show Undisputed Truth).
Now, as the 46-year-old former champion aims to achieve similar success he once earned in the squared circle, Tyson enters the fray with a cavalcade of stars in Malcolm D. Lee’s newly released comedy, Scary Movie 5. While promoting the latest installment of the satire franchise, Tyson speaks to VIBE about his cameo, smacking around a pre-Marvel Robert Downey, Jr., and shares his thoughts on the death of East Flatbush’s own Kimani Gray.