Tyson Fancies a Bout in Bollywood

Boxer likes the 'happy and energetic' vibe, is discussing a role
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jun 4, 2007 2:00 PM CDT
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson spars during a training exhibition in Las Vegas in this Aug. 30, 2006 file photo. Tyson danced to Bollywood music for a new Indian movie about a diamond heist,...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Mike Tyson got a taste of Bollywood—in Vegas, of course—and liked it enough to want more. After dancing in a music video for "Fool n Final," directed by Ahmed Khan, Tyson told the Times of India he'd like to act in a Bollywood movie because of the  "happy and energetic" vibe.

The former heavyweight champ said he was in talks with the "Fool" producer about another film. To attend the Vegas shoot Tyson, who is facing drug charges, had to get permission from a Phoenix judge. Tyson drew parallels between acting and boxing: "In both the fields, in order to survive and triumph, you need focus and to be highly disciplined and determined."