A couple of decades ago, Mike Tyson was "The Baddest Man On The Planet." However, in the last decade, Iron Mike has turned into soft putty. It's not a bad thing. Tyson got older, matured, left behind his hostile boxing persona and reprioritized his life. Instead of hanging onto his boxing glory and trying to fight into his late 40's like Bernard Hopkins or Evander Holyfield, Tyson's dove head first into the entertainment industry. Tyson's gone from cameos in The Hangover, to performing his own one-man Broadway show to delivering dramatic lines on Law & Order.
Now, instead of trying to eat your kids, Tyson may soon be entertaining them.
Tyson's past sounds a little cartoonish, therefore, it's only fitting that on Friday, Adult Swim announced they've greenlit an animated cartoon called "Mike Tyson Mysteries," with the former boxing champ voicing a cartoon detective. Adult Swim is a little more mature than your average Saturday morning cartoon, but it still gets a good amount of its viewership from kids who have no adult supervision.
On the show, a cartoon version of Tyson will solve wacky problems, assisted by a trusty associate: a foul-mouthed pet pigeon. The network said Tyson will voice the animated character, as well as make live-action appearances.
Every detail about this is pure perfection — right down to the talking pigeon. If there was one post-boxing profession that you could have bet me that Tyson would pursue, law enforcement would have been first and voice acting would have been a close second. This is the best of both worlds.