Few athletes have exuded an air of indestructibility like Mike Tyson. But deep within history's youngest heavyweight champion lay a fear that is the undercurrent of James Toback's riveting new documentary, Tyson, opening in theaters on April 24.
This is an article from the April 27, 2009 issue
The film is less a critical study of the fighter than a window into his tortured psyche; the lone talking head in it is Tyson's. But the movie never feels like it's pushing a revisionist history, thanks to Tyson's general willingness to take responsibility for his former self.
Especially poignant is Tyson's confession about his intimidating ring persona: "When I come out [to the ring], I have supreme confidence, but I'm scared to death. I'm afraid of everything." It's a fitting revelation from a man whose most dangerous opponent always lay within. "It's like a Greek tragedy," Tyson told Toback upon viewing the final cut. "The only problem is that I'm the subject."