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'Mike' Producers Defend Hulu Series Amid Mike Tyson's Criticisms

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announced early last year, the boxing legend publicly condemned the project, calling it a «tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of my life story» at the time.

With the project preparing for its Aug. 25 premiere, the producers addressed Tyson's criticisms over the existence of the unauthorized series.«We actually couldn't talk to him because his life rights were already taken, so that was never on the table.

I would hope that if he watches it that he would change his opinion,» executive producer Steven Rogers told reporters during the show's virtual Television Critics Association panel on Thursday. «For me, as a writer, as a storyteller, I don't really like to be reliant on just one source.

I really like to do the research and get all these different opinions and then put a story around all of that. I don't like to be beholden to just one person.»«And that was our intention as well, to tell the story so that we're talking about more than just the events in his life, but rather placing the story and giving it context in the world and at the time,» executive producer Karin Gist added. «We really wanted to make sure we were as broad as possible in the research and the dramatization of the events of his life and we could make sure we were opening the doors to other conversations to be had around those things as well.», according to Hulu's official description, aims to explore «the dynamic and controversial story of Mike Tyson,» chronicling «the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life — from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again.» Over eight episodes, the limited series — which stars Trevante Rhodes as Tyson and Russell Hornsby as Don King — will explore class in America, race,.

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