Start spreading the news - Mike Tyson wants to dance and sing. His words.
The 46-year-old former heavyweight boxing champion made his Broadway debut this summer with a one-man play called "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," which was directed by Spike Lee. He discussed his career plans at a press conference at the19th Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA) investors Forum in Hong Kong on Wednesday, September 12 (watch video - courtesy of the UK newspaper The Telegraph).
"I don't want to spread no more of that violence in the air ... I want to entertain now. I want to dance and sing. I want to be like Billy Madison. Remember that show? Anybody see that? Billy Madison, he's a boxer, he turned into a ballet singer- ballet dancer," Tyson said, demonstrating his best "swan arms" move.
Tyson is likely referring to the Tony-winning Broadway musical "Billy Elliot," which is based on an Oscar-nominated 2000 movie about a boy who is enrolled in a boxing class but ditches it in favor of ballet lessons in a bid to fulfill a secret dream of becoming a dancer. Elton John wrote its music. "Billy Madison" is the title of a popular 1995 comedy film starring Adam Sandler.
"We do have plans to play characters and stuff," Tyson said at the press conference. "I play myself pretty good. I'm a pretty interesting character. You know, I am a character, Mike Tyson is a character. Playing myself is playing the character. I get paid like I'm playing somebody else, too ... being me is pretty profitable."
Tyson has played satirical versions of himself on the HBO series "Entourage" and in the 2009 movie "The Hangover," the most successful R-rated comedy, and its 2011 sequel. He is set to also appear in the third film, which is due to hit theaters in 2013. The first two movies made more than $1.04 billion. Tyson also had an Animal Planet reality show called "Taking on Tyson," which showed him pigeon racing - one of his hobbies.
Tyson's Broadway play waswritten by Tyson's third wife, Kiki. The show had a planned 12-performance run and closed on August 12. It made $1.2 million dollars at an average price of $145 a ticket and ranked on the lower end of the top 20 shows on Broadway during its run.
In "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," he shared details about his life, including his past turmoil. In 1986, at age 20, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion. He famously bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear during a boxing match in 1997. Tyson has also served time in jail - he spent three years behind bars after being convicted of raping a beauty pageant contestant in Indianapolis.
He has also been arrested on drug and alcohol-related charges. Tyson once underwent treatment for a cocaine addiction at a psychiatric clinic. Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003 and retired from professional boxing three years later.
"I just threw up the white flag," Tyson said on NBC's "Today" show in June. "There was too many prison cells, too many jails, too many lawsuits, too many bankruptcies, too many women, too many venereal diseases, too many everything."
"I got tired. I really got tired of, you know, like every time a prostitute ?- I would head back from a trip -- I had to sleep with her," he added. "So I just said, 'I'm going to live a different life.'"
He apologized for over sharing but then said, "I was a prostitute hunter!"
(Pictured above: Mike Tyson and wife Kiki appear at opening night of 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth' on Aug. 2, 2012. / Trent Kowalik appears at opening of 'Billy Elliot The Musical' on Nov. 13, 2008. / Tyson speaks at a a press conference in Hong Kong on Sept. 12, 2012. Credit: AP Photos / Starpix / Amanda Schwab / Stuart Ramson / Vincent Yu)