Earlier this year, it was announced that legendary professional boxer Mike Tyson will be the subject of an upcoming biopic directed by none other than Martin Scorsese.
Scorsese is known for his collaborations with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio and for directing some of the most powerful films of the past several decades, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Aviator, Hugo, and most recently, The Wolf of Wall Street.
While it came as a surprise to hear that Jamie Foxx will be playing the role of the retired athlete in the film, Tyson, 49, is more worried about who will play his manager, Cus D’Amato.
Posting a collage of his top four picks for his manager’s role to Facebook, Tyson asked, “Which actor would be your pick to play Cus D’Amato in my movie? Here are some great actors that would score a KO.” Tyson’s top picks included Brian Cox, 69, who played William Stryker in X2: X-Men United, and Martin Sheen, 75, famous for The West Wing and for being Charlie Sheen’s father. The third hopeful is Ryan O’Neal, now 74, who rose to stardom with the 1970 hit film Love Story. Last but not least is William Forsythe, who played iconic roles in the TV shows CHiPs and Hill Street Blues.
While Sheen and Forsythe seemed to be fan favorites, one comment nominated George C. Scott. Tyson personally replied to the comment, vouching for George C. Scott’s talent by saying that “he was great,” but “Unfortunately, he passed away in 1999.”
True fans of Tyson know that D’Amato was more than just a manager to the Hall of Famer. On several occasions, Tyson has even referred to the late icon as his “real father,” which makes it understandable as to why Tyson is so keen on getting a great actor to portray D’Amato in the highly anticipated film.
Mike Tyson’s Facebook page, November 3, 2015.
Fay, S., “Martin Scorsese to Direct and Jamie Foxx to Star in Mike Tyson Biopic,” Bleacher Report web site, March 16, 2015.