Mike Tyson is the topic of a brand new Hulu scripted collection, and he’s actually not completely happy about it.
The famed boxer’s life is on the middle of the upcoming TV present “Mike,” which debuts Aug. 25. Trevante Rhodes, who performed Chiron within the 2016 film “Moonlight,” will star as Tyson — however its topic says he didn’t log out on the eight-episode restricted collection.
“Don’t let Hulu fool you,” Tyson wrote Saturday on Instagram. “I don’t support their story about my life. It’s not 1822, it’s 2022. They stole my life story and didn’t pay me. To Hulu executives I’m just a n— they can sell on the auction block.”
In a separate submit the identical day, Tyson alleged Hulu tried to get UFC president Dana White to advertise the collection however White turned it down out of respect for Tyson.
“Hulu tried to desperately pay my brother Dana White millions without offering me a dollar to promote their slave master take over story about my life,” Tyson wrote. “He turned it down because he honors friendship and treating people with dignity. I’ll never forget what he did for me just like I’ll never forget what Hulu stole from me.”
On the Tv Critics Assn. press tour final week, “Mike” showrunner Karin Gist defined the collection’ intent.
“We just wanted to tell an unbiased story and have the audience decide what they think or feel,” Gist mentioned. “Whether you like him or hate him, does the story make you question how complicit society has been? That was the intention, that was the North Star for the writers’ room as we were crafting stories.”
It’s not the primary time in latest reminiscence that the topic of a scripted collection has slammed the venture. Pamela Anderson reportedly was not happy about Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy,” which explored her relationship (and intercourse tape) with Tommy Lee, and didn’t take part within the latest collection.
In April, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar penned a prolonged article about HBO’s “Winning Time,” dismissing the collection as “deliberately dishonest” and “drearily dull.”
“The characters are crude stick-figure representations that resemble real people the way Lego Hans Solo resembles Harrison Ford,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “Each character is reduced to a single bold trait as if the writers were afraid anything more complex would tax the viewers’ comprehension.”
NBA legend Jerry West additionally demanded a retraction of the collection, saying it was “cruel” and “deliberately false.”