(PCM) We were absolutely thrilled to catch up with the legendary Mike Tyson during our time at San Diego Comic Con 2015. In our interview Tyson discusses his Adult Swim series “Mike Tyson Mysteries”, why he loves being an entertainer, and of course his thoughts on the current state of the sport of boxing.
On the first season of “Mike Tyson Mysteries”
Mike Tyson: Great. It doesn’t really matter what I anticipate or think about, the only thing that really matters is the results and I guess that’s why we’re here again ’cause we had pretty good results.
On what it is about his style of comedy that is a huge hit with audiences
Mike Tyson: I don’t know…it’s just what I’m born to do, I’m born to entertain people, either fighting or what I’m doing now, it could be either of those, I could do it for thirty-thousand people or three people, it’s just what I know how to do. I know how to entertain people.
On how boxing taught him about showmanship
Mike Tyson: This is what I learned as a kid, my soul objective only is for me to have the audience say ‘when’s the next time I can see him?’ That’s what I do.
His initial thoughts on doing the series when Warner Bros first approached him about it
Mike Tyson: I said ‘No.’ I didn’t want to do it. Hugh [Davidson] said no too, it was never going to work. I guess that’s why they are the suits at Warner Bros. and we are the walking stiffs [laughs]. They know what’s going to work and we don’t. I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t want to do any of this [at first]. When I saw the first draft, I thought it was up to date, very sophisticated, I wanted to try to do this and make it look good and they made me look good.
On some of his favorite cartoons
Mike Tyson: Cartoons of the 70’s. Deputy Dog, Looney Tunes, Heckle and Jeckle, Superman, Super Friends all that stuff, Huckleberry Hound, Scooby-Doo, all the Hannah-Barbera stuff pretty much.
On what it has been like to watch the fan base for “Mike Tyson Mysteries” continue to grow
Mike Tyson: I don’t know, I don’t question my life [laughs]. I say ‘Well this is working.’ This is great, I never thought I’d be in this particular thing in general but this is working and if it’s working, let’s just hang out here for awhile.
On live acting versus voice acting
Mike Tyson: I like live performances. I like being loud in a front of a crowd of people.
On raising his famous pigeons
Mike Tyson: When you are a pigeon fancier, you do it til you die. When I die, someone’s going to come and be like ‘I’m here to pick up Mike’s birds,’ that’s just how all the pigeon fanciers are.
On the biggest challenge involved with voice-over work
Mike Tyson: I want everything to be challenging. I want to be up against a situation that if I fail, I want the chance of being humiliated. Only by that kind of adversity, that I will rise above my level to my performance. It can’t be just a walk in the park, I’m going to suck at that, it has to be something really threatening.
On becoming more comfortable with himself
Mike Tyson: I don’t know if anybody is really comfortable with themselves, if they are ever totally real with themselves you know? ‘Cause that’s our job in life, is to overcome what we hate about ourselves and what we despise about ourself. That’s our journey is to overcome.
On what his superpower of choice would be
Mike Tyson: To read people’s minds. Then I’ll know how to move [smiles]. You’d hear ‘I hate that motherf***er’ [laughs], ‘How can I get some money out of this guy?’
On his dream project
Mike Tyson: I think I would want to direct and produce, be behind the camera. I did a documentary called ‘Champs,’ about the lifestyles of three very successful [boxing] champions that come up from crime and drug infested areas, the bottom of the line in America as far as intercity is concerned. My personal opinion, when I saw the film, I saw three people who had great potential and the shame of where they were and the desire to get out of the rut they think they’re in, made them extremely successful, all three of us.
On which is scarier a heavyweight fight or being here at Comic-Con with one hundred thousand freaks and geeks
Mike Tyson: Neither. I try not to be selfish, I f*** up when i’m in my selfish mode, it never fails. When i’m always thinking about how i’m going to get stimulated from a situation regardless…whatever it takes to get there, i’m going down. My kryptonite is selfishness.
On the sport of boxing now compared to when he was in the ring
Mike Tyson: It’s about giving the people what they want when I was fighting. Regardless of who you are whether it’s the queen of England, the president, the secretary of state, they may have a really dignified position in life but when you come to a fight, I know you want to see a man comatose, you want to see him hurt. I don’t care what kind of title you got or how dignified you’ve become, you want to see them get knocked senseless, you don’t want them to move and that’s what I tried to give them.
On his suggestions for future episodes of “Mike Tyson Mysteries”
Mike Tyson: I was suggesting that he and the pigeon constantly conflict with one another, I was thinking that Yung [Hee Tyson] should adopt a cat and the pigeon would be trying to get the cat and that he should dump on the cat sometimes.
On his favorite episode or story line thus far
Mike Tyson: When I was a reluctant serial killer for astronauts.
New episodes of “Mike Tyson Mysteries” will air this fall on Adult Swim!