Mike Tyson: “My daughter’s death makes me want to live a different life.”
On June 30th, former American boxer Mike Tyson turned 50. Many American newspapers have published interviews and comments about a former famous and infamous boxer.
However, what everyone agrees on is that Mike Tyson is gradually transitioning from a notorious figure in the boxing world to the image of a friendly and wholesome man of the public.
Nowadays, Mike Tyson is often associated with film projects, as if this man is undergoing a transformation in his fifties, becoming a familiar and friendly face.
While Mike Tyson’s achievements in the entertainment industry are not extensive or particularly outstanding, public interest in him still remains. Simply put, Americans enjoy dramatic stories, roller-coaster lives, fallen individuals who dare to rise again and start over with a desire for change.
At the age of 50, Mike Tyson shared that the death of his 4-year-old daughter, Exodus, in 2009 changed his life. Exodus was Mike Tyson’s daughter with an undisclosed woman, and they were not married. The little girl passed away due to a treadmill accident.
Mike once said, “My daughter has died, and it makes me want to live a different life. I am still struggling. Truly living meaningfully in this life is very difficult for me. Throughout my life, I only wanted to be a ferocious fighter. And now, I have to change my life.”
Changing one’s life is a concise but extremely challenging phrase, and Mike Tyson has achieved it. Time has proven that Mike has become a calm, gentle, and patient man. The evidence lies in his involvement in Hollywood for the past few years.
People were surprised to see Mike diligently taking on film roles. Mike does not aspire to receive roles in major films; he dedicates himself to smaller projects and proves that he can become a profound and humorous man on the screen.
During his prime, Mike Tyson was considered a boxing legend. For those familiar with the name Mike Tyson from sports news in the 1980s and 1990s, it is hard to believe that the boxer associated with the ear-biting scandal, served prison time for rape, and struggled with drug addiction has now become a devoted family man and has received favorable roles.
Although Mike Tyson’s boxing talent is undeniable, he has always been a famous figure who made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Mike himself admitted in the 1990s that he was the “worst person on the planet.”
Mike Tyson began witnessing his rapid decline in the early 2000s and had to file for bankruptcy in 2003. However, for Mike, it was the tragic death of his daughter Exodus that truly shocked him and made him want to change his life.
From an iron-fisted boxer to a versatile man on the screen
When talking about his love for acting, Mike once said, “I like characters because when I
When asked if he is truly a good person behind the scenes, Mike Tyson once said, “Maybe. There are many measures. You have to adapt to this world… When you become a real adult, good habits are also difficult to break.”
Nowadays, Mike’s financial condition cannot be compared to the time when he was at the peak of his boxing career, but it seems that he feels much happier and more satisfied than in the past: “I am completely broke, but I have a wonderful life. I have a true wife who takes care of me.
“I am bankrupt for real, but I have a lot of joy. I don’t deserve to have a good wife like I have, I don’t deserve to have adorable children like I have, but I truly have those things, and I am very grateful for life.”
This statement is completely contrary to what Mike had shared back in 2005 when he had lost everything – his career, wealth, and fame: “My whole life is a waste, I’m a failure. I want to escape. I’m ashamed of myself and my life… I want to get out of this phase as quickly as possible. Nothing good comes to me. People overestimate me, and I want to shatter that image.”
In American popular culture, Mike Tyson is seen as an interesting figure due to his life filled with ups and downs and twists and turns. The image of Mike Tyson has been explored in various cultural fields such as film, music, and books. Mike also often receives invitations to appear in advertisements and television shows.
Among the films that Mike Tyson has acted in up to this point, we can mention “Rocky Balboa” (2006), “Scary Movie 4” (2006), “The Hangover” (2009), “The Hangover: Part II” (2011), “Scary Movie 5” (2013), “Grudge Match” (2013), “Ip Man 3” (2015), and upcoming is “Girls 2 – Những cô gái và gangster” (Girls 2 – Girls and Gangsters).
“Girls 2” is a sequel to “Girls” (Best Friends – 2014). “Girls 2” is an action, psychological, and comedic film revolving around the story of love and revenge. The entire film’s setting is filmed in Vietnam. The film is directed by Hong Kong female director Hoang Chan Chan and produced by actor Tran Bao Son, who also plays the lead male role in the film.