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Mike Tyson News: Mike Tyson attends premiere of the film 'Tyson' at Cannes 2008 + preview videos

Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 @ 16:55:52 MDT by tysonian

Update 21 May: See the video below for previews of the documentary, the full press conference, a video of Tyson and Toback before and after the premiere of the documentary (shot for Maclean's by Brian D. Johnson),an interview with Tyson and Toback for the French television Canal+ and more reports.


Mike Tyson, center, arrives arrives with his family and with American director James Toback, left, for the premiere of the film 'Tyson' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Friday, May 16, 2008.

More pictures and quotes available in the extended section of this post (click 'Read More' below).

Tyson explores Tyson in this documentary by James Toback, selected for Un Certain Regard. Permitted to speak for himself, the champion sincerely does so, in a no-holds-barred recollection of his life and career in the ring. His reminiscences, flowing with innate eloquence, are by turns shocking, comical, and ferocious. The portrait begins with Tyson's earliest memories, of his childhood on the mean streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn. It follows his debuts as a boxer, handled by his coach Cus DAmato, and retraces his tumultuous, hair-raising ride on the roller-coaster of world fame, his triumphs and setbacks.

"It's a Greek tragedy," explains James Toback, " in the sense that you have somebody who starts with nothing, from very humble origins to put it mildly, who goes on to reach heights that are inconceivable, and then crashes through his own hubris. Its a double Greek tragedy because he comes back, and reaches the heights again and crashes again, again through hubris."

James Toback came up on stage to present his film: It seems that the film was destined to be here, and in one way or another, it has come here. When Thierry came to Los Angeles about six months ago, when I was still assembling the movie, I kidnapped him, hijacked him, put him in the trunk of a car, made him invite me? Anyway, I wanted to say before introducing Mike that the sort of portrait that is the emergence of this movie of a very complex, iconic and in many ways noble human being, this is ultimately what we do better than any other human being, in creating connections and bridges among people ordinarily divided.?

Mike Tyson added, I greatly appreciate the welcome I received here. I havent ever had an experience like this in my whole career... I was on my way to rehab, an AAA meeting and James called me and told me how this could be a really great work. I never believed it. I had no idea that it would come to this kind of spirit for a film. Im an athlete and this is totally out of my field. I had a great deal of trust and I believed in Jim and once we decided to do this program, I decided to be totally honest with him and thank you very much for coming today.?

Mike Tyson basks in Cannes glory

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson won cheers at the Cannes film festival late Friday after the red-carpet premiere of a moving documentary on his turbulent life.

Tyson, dressed in an elegant dark grey suit with a white pocket handkerchief, mounted the stage after the screening at the world's biggest cinema showcase, flanked by director James Toback.

"Jim, he just elicited all this stuff out of me, I don't know how he did it," a visibly moved Tyson said as Toback fought back tears.

The retired fighter, who has put on weight in recent years, flew to the French Riviera from his suburban Las Vegas home with a major entourage for the premiere of Tyson, which combines more than 30 hours of interviews with highlights of his boxing career.

Toback, best-known for his 1978 drama Fingers which was remade into a hit French movie in 2005, said before the screening that he believed he had succeeded in presenting Tyson as a "complex and iconic and noble human being".

Festival chief Thierry Fremaux, who introduced the picture, described Tyson as "a very special film that conveys the memory of a man and the memory of a sport."

The picture takes Tyson, who turns 42 next month, from his humble beginnings on the mean streets of Brooklyn to his phenomenal rise as a boxing champion, through his epic fall marked by addiction, humiliation in the ring and a rape conviction.

Told entirely from Tyson's point of view, the portrayal is flattering, showing the gentle giant with the high-pitched voice and a lisp taking the long view of his rocky past and extraordinary career.

Tyson left the cinema before the film began, shaking hands and posing for pictures with fans.



Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (R) arrives with his family for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson arrives for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (C) arrives with his family for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (R) arrives with his family for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (2nd L) arrives with his family for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson arrives for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former American boxer Mike Tyson, center, arrives with American director James Toback, left, for the premiere of the film 'Tyson' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Friday, May 16, 2008.


Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (C) arrives with his family for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's (L) documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former American boxer Mike Tyson arrives for the premiere of the film 'Tyson' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Friday, May 16, 2008.


Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (R) arrives with his family for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former American boxer Mike Tyson, left, arrives for the premiere of the film 'Tyson' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Friday, May 16, 2008.


Former American boxer Mike Tyson arrives for the premiere of the film 'Tyson' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Friday, May 16, 2008.


Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson arrives for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (R) arrives with his family for the screening of U.S. director James Toback's documentary film "Tyson" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008.


Former American boxer Mike Tyson arrives for the premiere of the film 'Tyson' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Friday, May 16, 2008.


Former American boxer Mike Tyson arrives for the premiere of the film 'Tyson' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Friday, May 16, 2008.


Former American boxer Mike Tyson arrives for the premiere of the film 'Tyson' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Friday, May 16, 2008.
















































Mike Tyson documentary to premiere at Cannes Film Festival
Soure: telegraph
By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor
Last Updated: 10:07PM BST 16/05/2008

Tyson bares his soul in the 90-minute film which documents the rise and fall of the self-styled Baddest Man On The Planet?.

He sobs in front of the cameras as he reflects on his life.

The fighter has battled drug addiction, mental illness and bankruptcy since becoming the youngest heavyweight champion of the world in 1986, aged 20.

After watching the finished film, titled Tyson, the boxer told director James Toback: It's like a Greek tragedy. The only problem is that I'm the subject.?

Toback has known Tyson for over two decades and said the process of making the documentary was enormously painful? for the fallen star.

?He was committed to going all the way, there was no point in doing it otherwise,? the director said.

?He keeps saying in the movie that he's an extremist by nature, and that people who aren't extremists don't understand the mind of an extremist, where it's always everything or nothing and nothing in between. And I think once he decided to do it, there was no way he was going to be calculated and think of what he should or shouldn't say or how he would come across.

?He just showed up and went on as long as the camera would allow.?

The Greek tragedy analogy is correct, Toback said. You have somebody who starts with nothing, from very humble origins to put it mildly, who goes on to reach heights that are inconceivable, and then crashes through his own hubris. Then, of course, it's a double Greek tragedy because he comes back, and reaches the heights again and crashes again, again through hubris.?

Tyson speaks about his years in prison with great power?, Toback said, adding that the boxer has a completely poetic sense of language?.

According to Toback, the signs that Tyson was heading for a fall were apparent at the height of his success.

?I saw his use his almost unparalleled fame and wealth and obsession with girls and the accoutrements of his fame as a way of avoiding the eventual crack-up into madness,? he said.

Toback said audiences will be surprised by the Tyson they see in the documentary.

?One of the side benefits of the movie [is] a sort of ongoing shock, disabusing the viewer of expectations. It's almost the opposite of what most movies set out to do, which is to satisfy expectation. This is a movie that starts with the assumption that the audience has a preconception and then attempts to invert it, distort it and discard it.?

The film is showing in the fringe competition, Un Certain Regard, and is set for release later this year.




It's a miracle I am alive, says Tyson
17/05/2008 - 5:11:17 PM

Mike Tyson talked about the miracle? that he is still alive today.

Tyson was speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie 'Tyson' is showing in the Un Certain Regarde category, which highlights innovative works.

The dark, intimate, violent? film, told from the boxers perspective, reflects Tysons earliest memories and his present dilemmas.

It covers questions of race and class while focusing on the controversial boxing figure and uses archive fight footage.

Tyson was asked about why he felt it was a miracle he was alive.

He told the press conference: Ive lived a wild and a strange life.

Ive used drugs, Ive had physical altercations with dangerous people...

Ive slept with guys wives they wanted to kill me. Im just happy to be here. Its just a miracle. I feel good about being here with you.?

Tyson, who said he had always been a harsh critic of himself, said he never considered himself as a role model of any sort.

Asked what message he would give to the new generation, he said: People put you down in life... never give in to anything.?

Tyson said he had no idea what he was doing in Cannes.

He said he was shocked at the reaction to the film.

Tyson said: I had no idea I was going to make it to this grand scale here.

Im totally overwhelmed.?

He said he got a little embarrassed because he felt vulnerable.

Tyson said he felt pretty well, Im doing ok?.

Tyson told how film maker James Toback gave him a call about making a documentary.

Tyson said: I was in rehab anyway. I wasnt going anywhere.?

He said Toback convinced him and I believed it was going to be a decent project?.

Toback said: I think that Mike and I have had a lot of intimate and unusual conversations over the years and I felt many of them would have made very interesting documents, sort of dramatic revelations of psyche ?? my own for that matter as well as his.?

Toback said his mother had recently died and with Tyson in rehab, he thought it was time to make a truthful exploration of his fascinating and complicated life.

Toback said that while Tyson thought it could be a case of making a DVD to sell on the street corner, my idea was it would be in competition and win the Palme dOr.

So we were coming from different places.?

Asked why he did not use other people discussing the boxer, Toback replied: What was really interesting was not what people had to say about Mike but to see into Mike to look at his face, listen to his voice...

Ultimately the truth is who gives a f*** what Teddy Atlas has to say about Mike Tyson?

Or for that matter who cares what any number of people who have written about him or talked about him have to say?

Its an opinion.?

He agreed with one journalist that the subject matter was an American hero under dark circumstances.

Toback said: I have been obsessed with boxing since I was four or five years old.?

Asked why he chose Tyson, Toback said: There is an iconographic (sic) status that Mike has achieved and in fact had almost from the beginning.?

Comparing Tysons mystique to the likes of Marlon Brando, Marlene Dietrich and Orson Welles, he said Tyson became the iconic representative of his profession.

He added: Muhammad Ali as a personality, as an entertainer, yes but to me, as a boxer, as a fighter its Mike Tyson.?


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