If you didn't know anything about ex-heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson except that he bit a man's ear off, sounds like a crazy hobo and has a big tattoo on his face, you're probably one of many people that lost interest in Tyson's story in the late '90s. Director James Toback recently tried to change that attitude by re-introducing Tyson to the world in his documentary feature Tysonas a contrite motormouth that hasn't changed over-night into an "angelic" brute but rather something else entirely. From my review of Tyson:
"When discussing his fragile mind-set after his release from prison, Tyson says, 'I didn't think I was an animal.' The inflection in that sentence, putting a stress on "an animal" suggests that he's responding to a question of whether or not he felt like one, showing how Toback is, to some extent leading his subject. But for the most part, Tyson appears to be more than happy to be lead in that small way. His reflective stance is both candid and calculating, a mix of confession and tell-all autobiography. He's setting the record straight, even if that only means legitimizing and not excusing his anger. In his own words: 'I'll be trash and I'll be scum but I'll be angelic scum.'"
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