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Thursday 28 May 2015

Mike Tyson: Actors need my lisp

Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson would like 50 Cent to play him in a movie about his life - as long as he could "get his lisp down".

The former professional boxer suffers from a speech impediment, which causes him to have a slight lisp.

The 46-year-old has two people in mind to play him, should a biopic of his life ever be made.

"Jamie Foxx would be good in a movie about me, but he's older than me!" he told Australian radio host Jackie O.

"50 cent would be a good one too, but he would have to get my lisp down. I say everything wrong! I've got a big fat tongue, it's really nasty stuff."

The star has struggled with the lisp throughout his life.

However, it doesn't stop him from feeling comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.

"I'm pretty good [at public speaking]," he said.

"From my appearances on stage talking to people I've found out they really didn't understand what I was saying anyway. Because of my speech impediment."

Mike could potentially play himself in a movie, being no stranger to the big screen.

He appeared in both instalments of hit comedy movie The Hangover, but won't be joining the cast for next film The Hangover Part III.

"I'm not in The Hangover III," he revealed. "I'm just happy being in one and two. I'm grateful for life."

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