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Mike Tyson says he did 'The Hangover' for drug money

August 2, 2010 |  1:17 pm

Mike Tyson and his daughter in Las Vegas Mike Tyson was pitching himself to Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold as a costar for Jessica Simpson in a fictional "Brady Bunch" remake  on Sunday's episode of "Entourage" -- but when he showed up at ESPN Las Vegas' "Gridlock" radio show Thursday, he told a tale that might scandalize the likes of Mrs. Brady and her crew, according to SportsRadioInterviews.com.

Asked about doing "The Hangover," which starred Bradley Cooper, he revealed: "I was doing that to supply my drug habit. … I said, 'Wow, This is going to be really good. We’re going to sell this stuff on 42nd Street on bootleg and make a lot of money.' This is my best thinking on drugs. … It wasn’t that way. It was an international success."

Indeed, among other things, the film's success landed Tyson a seat near Paul McCartney for this year's Golden Globe Awards in January.

The former heavyweight champion has gone vegan and lost 130 pounds since ... 

... his 4-year-old daughter Exodus died in a May 2009 accident. "The Hangover" began filming in September 2008 and went into post-production in early 2009.

"My personal life is so isolated right now," Tyson told the radio show. "I don't go anywhere unless I'm invited. If I don't have a reason being there, I'm not going to go. I enjoy being with my children and my wife now. That's the only thing [that] keeps me grounded."

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Hat tip to Deadspin

Photo: Mike Tyson holds his daughter, Milan, as he arrives at the Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images


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