Mike Tyson Moves Into Acting

Controversial former boxing champ MIKE TYSON is giving acting another shot.

Tyson, who menaced ROBERT DOWNEY JR in JAMES TOBACK's BLACK AND WHITE, will star in Toback's upcoming WHEN WILL I BE LOVED?, which features NEVE CAMPBELL.

Tyson says, "I get into a confrontation with (Toback's character). I call him 'OSAMA'. It's crazy. I would like to do some more acting, but I'm just taking it easy right now."

And it looks as if the New York native's acting career could take off - writer and director JIM JARMUSCH admits he'd love to cast Tyson in one of his movies.

Jarmusch says, "I think Mike has a really deep soul. I thought he was great in Black and White. I told him that if he had the time or the inclination to do some acting, I'd love to work with him."

Toback adds to the praise, noting, "He's a tremendously effective screen presence. There's absolutely no line between what he's thinking and feeling and what he's saying and doing.

"The trick is to either have him play himself or a character that he identifies with. You can't just give him a script and ask him to be a character he has no interest in."

26/01/2004 09:17

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Tags: Mike Tyson - Robert Downey Jr - James Toback - When Will I Be Loved - Osama - Jim Jarmusch

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