Thursday, April 17, 2014


It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing... it's Theater Thursday. This week I'm talking about another documentary that I recently viewed... Mike Tyson's: The Undisputed Truth.
 I've always had a curiosity with Mike Tyson. I'm not a huge fan of boxing and the extent of my knowledge in the sport is pretty limited ie. the Rocky movies. I'm thinking my interest with Tyson goes back to the day of when he bite a man's ear off in the ring. So when I heard they filmed his Broadway show Undisputed Truth into a documentary I knew I had to see it. I thought it was really good and I totally recommend watching it. 
Depending on how much you already know about Mike Tyson (if you are like me not a lot then), then you may know about the main things. The mainstream information: heavyweight champion of the world, was famously married to an actress whom claims he beat her, bite a mans ear off while fighting in the ring, cameo in Hangover. Now here's some stuff you may not know: loves pigeons, spent three years in prison for a crime he swears he didn't commit, only has a grade school education, is a recovering drug addict, lost a child, had millions but lost it all. The list can go on and on. The one thing I noticed in his life that's a recurring theme... He never gave up.
He's always starred at adversary. He went to rehab and has been sober for years. He tries to honor the memory of the child he lost. He's been working with educators to try and better himself and educate himself since he didn't do that when he was younger. One thing about Mike is he's kind of hard to understand. He doesn't have the greatest speech. But you have to hand it to him, he's working on it. In the documentary he stands there and talks to the audience the entire time. He shares stories on his life, he talks about the good times and the bad but the one thing he talks about is his how he works with a speech therapist working on his speech. 
I really liked this documentary. It made me more interested in boxing and since the only thing I've ever liked about it has been those Rocky movies that says a lot. So give this one a try.