Mike Tyson and Oprah
Mike Tyson was once the king of the ring—a legendary heavyweight boxing champion. Opponents feared his fists, and fans celebrated his athletic ability and bravado. In the '80s, the man known as "Iron Mike" seemed untouchable, but over the years, his legacy has been tarnished by controversial, and at times disturbing, events.

In the provocative documentary Tyson, Mike gives audiences a no-holds-barred look at his life, in and out of the ring. From memorable matches and tumultuous marriages to his rape conviction and stint in rehab, he tackles the highest highs and lowest lows.

When Oprah saw the film for the first time, she says she was struck by Mike's vulnerability. "I was so impressed with what you were able to reveal about yourself," she says. "It feels like it's more than about you—it really is a study in humanity."

After seeing the documentary, Mike also had a different opinion of himself. During an interview with the Associated Press, Mike said: "I never knew why I had the public opinion the way I did. Then, when I watch the movie, I get it. For the first time, I get it. I'm watching as a human being that's very rational now. I say: 'This guy's so unpredictable. You don't know if he's going to take you out to dinner or stab you with a fork.'"

Mike says he never intended to scare people, but since he was a boy growing up in Brooklyn, he's been taught to act tough and fight back.
FROM: Oprah Talks to Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson
Published on October 12, 2009


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