However people may perceive him, to many he will always be one of the greatest boxers ever.
'Tyson' is acclaimed indie director James Toback's stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, a startlingly complex, fully rounded human being emerges. The film ranges from Tyson's earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn to his entry into the world of boxing. It is the story of a legendary and uniquely controversial international athletic icon, a figure conjuring radical questions of race and class.
In its depiction of a man rising from the most deprived circumstances to unlimited heights, 'Tyson' tells the story of a man destroyed by his own hubris. The film emerges as a modern-day version of a classic Greek tragedy.
Sony Pictures Classics will release the film April 24 in New York and Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow.