It's standard Hollywood practice these days for a leading man to get absolutely ripped in preparation for a new role, but the pressure is that much higher when you're set to play a world heavyweight boxing champion. That's the challenge facing Jamie Foxx as he gets ready to step into the boots of notorious fighter Mike Tyson.
The 52-year-old actor just shared some progress pics, confirming that the long-awaited Tyson biopic is finally going ahead after years of planning, and he's been in training for the last few months. Looking visibly bulkier, he wrote: "The first but biggest task is to transform the body."
Foxx also shared some details about how he's getting into fighting shape in an Instagram Live interview with Mark Birnbaum this week. He explained that he's been working out every other day, focusing on building strength through bodyweight exercises.
"What I’m doing right now is changing the body," he said. "Now what I do every other day, I do 60 pullups, we do 60 dips, we do 100 pushups, changing the body."
He jokingly added that when it comes to leg day, he's got a way to go: "I ain't got no calf muscles, so we might have to get some prosthetics for that."
As Foxx cranks out those press-up, pull-up and dip reps to build strength, Tyson himself is also back in training. The 53-year-old boxer announced earlier this year that he was coming out of retirement to fight in some charity matches, and has been showing off his speed work in a series of social media posts. There are even rumours of a long-overdue rematch with Evander Holyfield, who is also training to return to the sport.
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