Mike Tyson: The ‘Scary Movie 5’ interview

kwilliamns@tri-statedefender.com | 4/23/2013, 8:27 p.m.

Kam Williams: Hi Mike, thanks for the interview.

Mike Tyson: What's up, Kam?

KW: I really appreciate your taking the time to speak with me.

MT: It's all good in the 'hood, my friend.

KW: Ray Hirschman asks: "What interested you in Scary Movie 5?"

MT: Whew! It's a franchise that's going to last 'til the end of time. I wanted to be involved with that. I don't care how silly it comes across. It's more so for us than for kids. It's adults acting stupid and silly.

KW: What was it like working with this cast?

MT: Everybody was great. Ashley (Tisdale) was awesome. I got an autographed picture of her for my niece.

KW: Children's book author Irene Smalls asks: "How did you get into acting?"

MT: Just from messing around with a friend, Jim Toback, the director of "The Pickup Artist." I always used to see him in New York and talk to him when I was younger, like a teenager. Anthony Michael Hall brought me onto the set of one day in about '86, and Jim and I became acquainted and then good friends, and he started putting me into his movies, first "Black and White," and then we did "Tyson." He thought I was an interesting character. After that, I did "The Hangover" and got bitten by the acting bug. I have a lot of friends who've won Oscars, and they started telling me I could do it, too.

KW: I remember your doing a great job in "Black and White" opposite some famous daughter. Who was it, Jennifer Jason Leigh?

MT: That was Bijou Phillips. She was awesome in that film.

KW: And Jim's documentary, "Tyson," was riveting from start to finish.

MT: I'm just very grateful for his friendship. He's a remarkable dude.

KW: Larry Greenberg says: "When we talk about comedy, you hear words that could refer to boxing like 'timing' and 'punch line.' Do you see any similarities between the two?"

MT: I don't know. People tell me I'm a comedian, but I don't approach acting from that perspective. I do know that everything in life has to do with your timing and perception. You have to be comfortable with the rhythm that you're in. You can't just jump into a fast rhythm if yours is slow. You might have to pick up the pace but in your own particular way. It has to do with personality, too.

KW: Richie the intern was wondering how the play's coming along?

MT: We've been doing just great, selling out every night. And I couldn't believe the reviews. I couldn't believe it was me they were talking about. They're saying "Remarkably funny!" and "Moving!" I was like "They're talking about me?" The biggest honor I had so far was when the comedian Jeff Ross told me he liked it and said, "You're one of us, now." That was just amazing.

KW: Fight fan Mike Ehrenberg asks: "Who was stronger, Razor Ruddick or Bonecrusher Smith?"