Did Mike Tyson ever really go anywhere? Debatable. Has he been around a lot more in the last few years? If you ask me, and since I am asking the question I get to decide who I am asking, and I pick me, the answer is yes. In my opinion, appearing in the Hangover really boosted his popularity among a younger generation who might have known who he was but were not super familiar with him. Recently I have seen him on How I Met Your Mother and Law and Order: SVU. I am sure they promoted it but I didn’t even know he was guest starring on either show. I prefer him better in the comedy role; dude is not the best dramatic actor in the world.
So why the talk about Mike Tyson? Well, about a month ago we were playing trivia and one of the questions was “What animal does Mike Tyson train?” or work with or something like that. Anyway, my team members thought it was tigers a la The Hangover. However this girl knew it was pigeons. In fact, I am not sure if this show ever came to fruition, but there was talk of a reality show featuring Tyson and his pigeons. Adult Swim on Cartoon Network has jumped on this idea though, sort of. They are creating a new cartoon about Tyson and his pigeons. Here is a little description of the show…
“Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets… by solving mysteries! Armed with a magical tattoo on his face and a trusty associate by his side — a talking pigeon — if you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner.”
Come on…THAT SOUNDS AWESOME! Mike Tyson and talking pigeons solving crimes, sign me up. I can’t claim this for everyone but the career moves he has been making are definitely winning me over. I guess with the right PR you can come back from anything, even biting off your competitor’s ear.