Director Spike Lee (L) and Mike Tyson speak onstage during the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills
*HBO will air the Spike Lee-directed “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” next month, bringing the former boxing champ’s stage show to those who were unable to see its Broadway run or catch it on tour.
Reviews of the stage production were mixed – with some critics crediting Tyson’s charm with salvaging an otherwise “ham-handed and manipulative” experience, as one New York Times reviewer wrote.
One thing Lee wants to make absolutely clear to viewers of his HBO film version is that everyone involved in the one-man show took it seriously.
“There is a script. Mike’s beautiful wife Kiki Tyson wrote the script. And Mike was not up there just winging it,” he told critics at the TCA Summer Press Tour. “We worked. The origin is we did this last summer on Broadway for two weeks. And we had a full-week intensive rehearsal period before that. So this is not some willy-nilly stuff. I mean, Mike worked very, very hard. This is a script. This is legit.”
Below, Tyson admits that he didn’t always take acting seriously before “Undisputed Truth.”
“Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” premieres Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Watch the trailer below.
*HBO has bought TV rights to Mike Tyson’s one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” reports Deadline.com.
HBO Films will film the Spike Lee-directed one man show in July for debut on HBO later in the year. The stage production features “Iron Mike” recounting his life’s highs and lows in his signature candid style. He opens up about his troubled youth, landmark boxing career, key people in his life, controversies, time in prison, self-examination, family and new beginnings.
Tyson recently wrapped a 10-week U.S. tour of the production, which debuted in Las Vegas in spring 2012 and ran on Broadway last summer.
Lee and Tyson — who also collaborated on the HBO pilot “Da Brick,” a drama series inspired by Tyson’s childhood that the premium network passed on last year — are among the executive producers, as is Tyson’s wife Kiki, who also wrote; Jon Kilik; and James Nederlander.
*We hope Mike Tyson‘s better half is feeling better.
Tyson rushed his wife Kiki to a Chicago hospital on Thursday after she began complaining of severe stomach pains.
A rep for Tyson tells TMZ, the boxing legend and his wife Kiki are currently in Chicago for Mike’s one-man show “Undisputed Truth” — and yesterday, Kiki fell extremely ill … to the point where she needed immediate medical attention.
According to the rep, Mike took her to the hospital where she was admitted to the ER and released shortly after.
So far, it’s unclear what caused the stomach pains … but we’re told Kiki will be returning to the hospital soon for a follow-up.
Fortunately, doctors don’t believe the condition is life-threatening.