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Mike Tyson Had To Be Taught How To Throw A Punch During The Hangover Movie

Mike Tyson Had To Be Taught How To Throw A Punch During The Hangover Movie

You may never believe this, but apparently Mike Tyson had to be taught how to throw a punch while he was shooting the Hangover 2 movie.

That's according to the film's director Todd Phillips.

The former boxing heavyweight champ made a cameo appearance in the 2011 comedy in an iconic scene that left viewers in stitches.

If you haven't seen it already, Zach Galifianakis' character Alan gets knocked out by Iron Mike after stealing one of his tigers earlier in the movie.

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The famous scene sees Tyson throw a massive right punch which floors poor old Alan in the boxing icon's Bangkok hotel room.

But according to Phillips, Tyson wasn't exactly a natural on camera.

Academy Award winner Phillips has worked with some of the best actors on the planet having directed movies such as Joker, Due Date, Ward Dogs, Old School and the Hangover trilogy.

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And it appears even he was having trouble directing The Baddest Man on the Planet.

Mike Tyson Explains Why He Got The Tigers. Credit: Mike Tyson/Instagram
Mike Tyson Explains Why He Got The Tigers. Credit: Mike Tyson/Instagram

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While he was given a bit of leeway because it was his film debut, apparently Tyson needed constant prompting and directing when it came to throwing the punch itself.

"There's a particular way to throw a punch in a movie," Phillips said on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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"He kept kind of doing it wrong for camera, in fact, he was sort of pulling it back too far.

"I'm sort of showing him how to throw a punch, and without missing a beat, he goes 'Oh this is great, I'm getting boxing lessons from the captain of the Jewish debating team.'"

Awkward...

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Well, it turns out Tyson finally managed to perfect the punch and the scene came together beautifully.

And while he hasn't made a return to the big screen (yet), Tyson is poised for a long-awaited boxing comeback following his incredible fitness transformation.

The 54-year-old has signed to fight Roy Jones Junior in an eight-round exhibition bout in November.

And almost 10 years on from being directed by Phillips, lets hope Tyson reverts back to his old techniques when it comes to knocking people out.

Topics: Mike Tyson, Film, Boxing, Hollywood, Australia, Movie

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