Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 9/16/14

Mike Tyson faced reporters at an investor's forum in Hong Kong Wednesday and told the audience his next goal in life is to be like Billy Elliot, "Remember he's a boxer. He turns into a ballet dancer."

"I want to dance and sing," said the former heavyweight champ. "I want to do some dancing and singing musicals."

"I want to be like Billy Madison," said Tyson, apparently confusing the last name of Adam Sandler's man-child character for the boy dancer from the movie and play. "Remember that show? Anybody see that? Remember he's a boxer. He turns into a ballet dancer."

The former world heavyweight champion confessed his aspirations while addressing the CLSA Forum in Hong Kong.


Tyson has sung in movies, commercials and variety shows all over the world. Check out YouTube — it's full of them. He just completed a short run on Broadway with his one-man confessional "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" directed by fellow Brooklynite Spike Lee to some good reviews.

The fighter — who once called himself "the most brutal and vicious, the most ruthless champion there has ever been" — has apparently turned over a new leaf.

"I don't have the desire to be that guy anymore," Tyson told the audience. He said "that guy" couldn't have the loving relationship he currently has with his family.



The 46-year old Tyson sounded like he believes Billy Elliot — the title character from the musical about a boy who swaps boxing gloves for ballet slippers — is his alter-ego.

Tyson — who won 44 of his 50 ring victories by knockout and bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear — just wants to put his brutal past behind him.

"I don't want to spread no more of that violence in the air," he said.

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