Jamie Foxx Says He’s Bulking Up for Mike Tyson Role

Jamie Foxx and Mike Tyson (Credit: Shutterstock)

Jamie Foxx has confirmed he’s preparing to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic about the boxing legend’s life.

The Oscar-winning actor recently revealed that he’s bulking up for the film, which was first announced in 2014.

After little movement, many people doubted the movie would ever happen. But Foxx ended those rumors in an interview on Mark Birnbaum’s Instagram Live show on Wednesday, where he confirmed the biopic is moving forward.

“It’s a definitive yes,” Foxx said on the show. “Look, doing biographies is a tough thing. Sometimes it takes 20 years to get them done. But we officially got the real ball rolling.”

Foxx also revealed that he has an intense exercise routine to transform his body for the role, and said he does 60 pull-ups, 60 dips, and 100 push-ups every other day.

“Just the technology of how I’m going to look, I guarantee you people will run up on me in the street and ask for autographs, and think that I’m Mike,” he explained.

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In an Instagram post on Friday, Foxx shared pictures of his new physique and said the movie will be called Finding Mike.

“It is no secret that I have been pursuing the @miketyson biopic for some time… people always ask me when is it going to happen,” he wrote. Things have finally lined up… A few months ago we started the journey… The first but biggest task is to transform the body.”

The actor, comedian, and singer took home an Academy Award for playing Ray Charles in the 2004 film Ray.