America’s twisted relationship with Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson doesn't want to be famous.
That much is clear from his new memoir, "Undisputed Truth," co-written with Larry Sloman. The former champion boxer has carved out a second career as a public figure and media personality, performing in "The Hangover" movie franchise and in a one-man show on Broadway -- one that's been adapted by Spike Lee into an HBO special that will air this weekend. Also this year, Tyson has appeared at the Tony Awards, on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and in a "Scary Movie" sequel; it's all just meant to pay the bills. "I had been broke for ten years," Tyson (or Sloman as Tyson) writes. "I had a family to feed and support. I'm not going to get rich from doing special-guest appearances on TV shows." His appearances tend to play off his pugilism and personal drama (Tyson is not in danger of winning an Oscar for inhabiting a role different from himself) and Tyson's audience inhabits an uneasy gulf between laughing with or at him. It's not clear whether Tyson is in on the joke -- he just wants to keep working and to hear the laughter. "I hate what acting makes me do," Tyson writes, "but I love how it makes me feel."