Actor Describes the Time When He Saw Mike Tyson Land His Right Cross on ’The Hangover’s Cast Member

Published 11/25/2021, 4:45 AM EST
UNITED STATES – AUGUST 19: Las Vegas; Mike TYSON (USA) – Peter MC NEEZY (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson, apart from his contributions to the boxing universe, is known for his stellar work in the acting space. Tyson allured countless fight fans and movie lovers with his notable work across many iconic films and shows. Although the audience enjoyed Tyson’s work on the screen, his co-actors definitely had nightmares at times while filming any scene.

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One such incident took place when ‘Iron’ Mike was shooting for his role in The Hangover, which came out in 2009. Bradley Cooper, who was one of the co-actors in the film, encountered a horrifying instance.

In this film, Tyson had to punch Zach Galifianakis in a scene. The intensity ‘Iron’ Mike put in seemed too real, and Cooper felt Tyson actually connected his best shot onto Galifianakis’ chin.

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Three years ago, Cooper opened up on this incident and he gave an honest opinion on it. Speaking to BBC Radio 1, he said, “When we all thought he really hit Zach.”

“And actually Zach’s beard had this…because his beard was so think it was like a Brillo pad.”

“So it’s like when you touch it, it keeps the indent. And his whole beard was moved over to the side when he stood up.”

“It was terrifying and the wind from it – he still had it. I think Ed says, ‘He’s still got it.’”

“He’s still got it! It was terrifying. He just comes up to us and then he hits Zach.”

“Yeah, we were terrified.” (h/t talkSport)

Mike Tyson and some of his notable work in the acting world

Mike Tyson even had a role in the sequel of ‘The Hangover’, which was released in 2011. Apart from this, Tyson worked in films like Ip Man 3, Entourage (Bottoms Up), Who’s the Boss (Sam Accelerates), and more.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Former champion Mike Tyson poses on the red carpet during the Box Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

All the above-mentioned films and shows did extremely well, and Tyson was praised immensely for his roles.

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These days, Tyson is working on his first pan-India project- a film named Liger. With this, Tyson will look to allure his millions of fans in India.

It’ll be interesting to see how Tyson elevates his acting skills in this project, too.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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