Almost a year has gone by since Tyson premiered to a tumultuous response in Cannes, stirred by the appearance of its subject on the red carpet. James Toback’s eye-opening documentary finally opens in Canadian theatres May 8, after hitting Toronto’s Hot Docs festival May 5. Here are two videos that I shot last year in Cannes. The one above shows Mike Tyson at the Cannes premiere; it has received over 27,000 hits, far more than any movie star video I’ve posted on YouTube. Below Toback tells the story of how he met the heavyweight icon during the ’80s, with a playboy circle that included Warren Beatty and former U.S. presidential candidate Gary Hart. To read my article about the film, containing fresh interview material with Toback, see this week’s Maclean’s.
Exclusive videos of Tyson and Toback
'Gary Hart was trying to seduce Mike into becoming his liaison with the black community, which shows how far we’ve come'