In addition to being the baddest man on the planet, Mike Tyson is also a best-selling author, occasional star of stage and screen, friend of the Black Keys and longtime pigeon aficionado. So, in a way, his latest project makes perfect sense.
It’s called Mike Tyson Mysteries, an animated ode to Hanna-Barbera’s canon of classic ’70s capers (Scooby-Doo, Speed Buggy, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, etc). Set to premiere October 27 on – where else? – Adult Swim, it’s very bit as odd as you’d imagine, though even that might be selling it short. So here’s Tyson’s take on the show:
“It’s about an eclectic group of people. It’s me, there’s my Chinese adopted daughter who I find out is Korean, there’s the Marquess of Queensberry, who pretty much founded the way people box now,” he says. “And there’s also an inebriated pigeon, who delivers messages and our mysteries, and he’s very disrespectful.”
Despite its murky premise (or perhaps because of it), Tyson says he’s pretty sure Mysteries will resonate with its intended audience – “This is a cartoon for the high guys,” he laughs – and though he wouldn’t divulge any upcoming plotlines, he did break down how each episode will play out.
“We get a message from our bird and then we start figuring out [the mystery] one step at a time,” he says. “And along the way we fly into a lot of ambiguous situations. I may also punch a few dinosaurs.”
Tyson, a self-professed history buff, hopes he and the Mystery gang will get the chance to solve the occasional ancient riddle (“Where’s Alexander the Great’s tomb at?” being one of them). Though if that doesn’t happen, he’s not opposed to bringing his passion to the stage, where he last starred in the one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.
“I’d like to do more stage. If my production company continues to become larger, I’d like to do a history of the Roman Empire,” he explains. “The countries that they conquered, and the stories in those particular countries. Numidia, when they fought Hannibal and the Gauls. The history of the Franks and Charlemagne. That’s what I’d love to do.”