A True Heavyweight
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has long been considered a renegade, a savage, and an outcast. From a tumultuous marriage to Robin Givens to the infamous ear-biting fight with Evander Holyfield, Tyson’s activities have been a matter of public controversy for years. Into the ring of discussion steps James Toback’s fascinating Tyson, a documentary made in open, naked confidence with the film’s subject (and producer). Introspective and emotional, the film paints quite a contrary image of Tyson’s life to that which pervades the social landscape. Toback and Tyson operate on distinctly lower levels of self-consciousness and inhibition than their peers and harsh critics, and this shared trait endows Toback with unique reach into the complex mind of his subject. The Oscar-nominated director discusses how his twenty-year personal relationship with the boxer helped draw from Tyson unprecedented revelations of his worst fears, regrets, desires, and plans for the future.