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Mike Tyson wants to play Othello

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Former boxing champ Mike Tyson wants to take his acting ambitions to the next level by tackling the works of William Shakespeare.

Tyson has been carving out a career in TV and film since retiring from the ring, landing a string of cameos in projects such as "The Hangover," "Entourage" and "Scary Movie 5." He's now wants to perform in plays by the Bard.

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He tells the New York Daily News, "Wouldn't Shakespeare be awesome? That black guy ... could you imagine me in 'Othello'?" But Tyson admits he will have to work hard to be at the level needed to properly portray one of Shakespeare's most famous characters. He adds, "Anything you give me time to prepare, I can do. I don't think I am ready for that yet, but I would like to try. My career as an actor has blossomed. I never considered myself a comedian or actor, even though I was in movies and shows helping out friends ... a lot of my friends are actors and directors and they say, 'Mike, we need you to concentrate and take it seriously.' They say my skills are horrible, but I have the natural timings for it. I am working on my skills."

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May 6, 2013 12:22PM
May 6, 2013 12:44PM
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I don't know if he can pull it off or not, but I certainly would not want to be the one to tell he can't.
May 6, 2013 12:22PM
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mike is awesome.   check out his one man show.  he definitely has the comedic timing.  and his presence on stage during his one man show was stellar.
May 6, 2013 12:35PM
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Think he would be riveting since his life has been like a tragic character out of a Shakespheare play.  He wouldn't have to do much acting. 

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