Jamie Foxx is the master of transforming for a role — remember when he was Ray Charles for like two years?! But this time, the transformation is like none other. Foxx is going from slim to stacked in order to take on the role of Mike Tyson!
The transformation is two-fold: First, Foxx had to lay the foundation to even get the project done. The actor spoke about the process on the Instagram Live series “Catching Up w/ Mark Birnbaum”, telling the restaurateur that they’ve, “officially got the real ball rolling.”
Second, is the physical transformation. Jamie has been putting on the muscle mass in order to look like Iron Mike, hoping to get to 216lbs by the time shooting starts. Foxx said he’s been working out “every other day,” “with a regiment of pull-ups dips and push-ups.” And he went ahead and flexed on IG for all to see.
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The transformation begins… “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?… things have finally lined up… A few months ago we started the journey… The first but biggest task is to transform the body… with a regiment of pull-ups dips and push-ups we are off to a pretty good start… we have a ways to go but God willing… yesterday on my good friends @markbirnbaum show. I shared these early pics of the process… like I said we have a ways to go… But I am prepared to get there! #swipeleft TYSON!
Not many details have been released about the project that just barely underway, but Jamie did reveal he’s hoping to “show the moments of the different Mikes” and highlight the controversial boxer in a different. “We want to show everybody evolves,” Foxx stated. “I think when we lay the layers on Mike Tyson in this story, I think everybody from young and old will be able to understand this man’s journey.” Check out his chat with Birnbaum below (the Tyson stuff starts at the 53:00 mark)…
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