Just call him Iron Jamie.
Jamie Foxx has transformed for his latest role, bulking up his upper body in preparation to play heavyweight champ Mike Tyson in the boxer’s upcoming biopic.
Foxx, 52, spoke of the project on Instagram Live series “Catching Up with Mark Birnbaum,” Wednesday, telling the restauranteur that even after his Oscar-winning turn as Ray Charles, he’s still cautious when it comes to biographies.
“Look, doing biographies is a tough thing,” Foxx said. “Sometimes it takes 20 years to get them done. But we officially got the real ball rolling.”
The multi-hyphenate added that he hopes audiences will be open to seeing the controversial Tyson in a new light.
“We want to show everybody evolves,” Foxx added. “I think when we lay the layers on Mike Tyson in this story, I think everybody from young and old will be able to understand this man’s journey.”
Listen to the relevant portion of their conversation, which starts at the 53:00 minute mark:
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Discussing his journey towards physically embodying the Brooklyn bomber, Foxx revealed that he’s currently working out “every other day,” with a routine that includes 60 pull-ups, 60 dips and 100 push-ups. To prove just how far he’s come, the singer whipped out his cell phone to debut two shots of himself looking quite diesel mid-workout.
As for his lower body, he could still use a little help.
“I ain’t got no calf muscles, so we might have to get some prosthetics for that,” the comic joked.
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