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Mike Tyson on sex and drugs

April 12, 2012

By Dylan Stableford

Mike Tyson is singing to me—poorly—his version of “Cocaine,” the J.J. Cale song popularized by Eric Clapton in 1980.

“It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright … cocaine!” Tyson sings, unprompted, in a recent interview from his home in Las Vegas, where he’s rehearsing for his new one-man show, “The Undisputed Truth: Live on Stage.” It begins April 13 at the MGM Grand. Tales of Tyson’s drug use—as well as his numerous sexcapades—are a big part of the show.

At 45, Tyson needs money. But the former heavyweight champion, who admitted in 2010 he was “totally destitute and broke,” claims that’s not the reason he’s doing it.

“I don’t think I’m ever not [going to be broke],” Tyson told Yahoo News. “I owe too much money to the IRS. I’m never going to be able to attain a great fortune of wealth. That doesn’t float my boat anymore. I just want to enjoy life. To entertain people, move them and be moved by them.”

And for a convicted rapist-turned-pigeon handler who once threatened to eat his opponent’s children, Mike Tyson still moves—or at least fascinates–a lot of people. Take a look at his his scene stealing roles in “The Hangover” movies and, more recently, his comedic turns on FunnyOrDie.com.

Iron Mike isn’t worried that doing a show in Las Vegas, where cultural relics like Celine Dion roam, could turn him into a caricature of his former self. “I don’t look at it from an egotistical perspective,” he said.

“I look at it like I want to transcend my entertainment career just like I transcended my boxing career.”

Read more on Yahoo’s in-depth conversation with Tyson–including his incendiary thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case—here.


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