Boxing champion Mike Tyson made it clear: he does not endorse Hulu’s upcoming limited series Mike.
“Don’t let Hulu fool you,” he shared in a statement 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. For Hulu executives, I’m just an****r that they can auction off.
But he didn’t stop there. He dubbed the caption, writing, “Hulu is the streaming version of master slave. They stole my story and didn’t pay me.
In a previous message, Tyson claimed that the streamer tried to “desperately pay” Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White “millions without offering me a dollar to promote their slave master taking over my life,” the author wrote. former boxer. “He turned it down because he honors friendship and treats people with dignity. I will never forget what he did for me, just like I will never forget what Hulu stole from me.
TVLine has reached out to Hulu to comment on Tyson’s statements.
During a Television Critics Association panel on Thursday, showrunner Karen Gist commented on the unauthorized project. “We just wanted to tell an unbiased story and let the audience decide what they think or feel,” she said. “Challenging what people think they know about Mike and hoping they walk away from the show with something else to think about. Love him or hate him, does the story bring you to wonder how complicit society has been? That was the intention, that was the North Star for the writers room as we created stories.
The unauthorized eight-episode limited series (which premieres on ThursdayAugust 25) features Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight, If loving you is wrong) as a legendary heavyweight boxer. According to the show’s official synopsis, Mike “explores the tumultuous highs and lows of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life – from being a beloved world athlete to an outcast and back again.”
The roughly one-minute trailer released in June features Rhodes as the controversial athlete and gives us a look at Harvey Keitel (reservoir dogs, bad lieutenant) as Tyson’s boxing trainer, Cus D’Amato; Laure Harrier (Hollywood, A life to live) as Head of class actress Robin Givens, Tyson’s first wife; Russell Hornsby (BMF, Grimmlisten)) as boxing promoter Don King; and relative newcomer Li Eubanks as Desiree Washington, a beauty pageant winner Tyson was convicted of rape in the early 1990s.