Mike Tyson didn’t know about his Hangover cameo because he was ‘doing drugs’ at the time

Ellie Harrison
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Mike Tyson has said his 2009 cameo in The Hangover came as a surprise to him, as he was “doing drugs” around that time.

The heavyweight legend played himself in the comedy starring Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper.

In a recent interview with Tony Robbins, Tyson said it was only when he bumped into the film’s stars on a night out that he realised he was due to appear in it the next day.

“I met the guys in a club, they were in the VIP section and I said ‘This is where I normally sit, nobody’s normally here,’” he said.

“So I went in there, I’m checking these guys to see what they’re doing in my section. It was Zach, the other guy, and he said, ‘We’re going to be in a movie with you.’ And I said, ‘Yeah? When?’ And he said ‘Tomorrow.’

“And I didn’t know as I was drinking and smoking back then, doing drugs so I didn’t know I was involved in the movie. So eventually I had to go and do the movie and it was a success.”

Tyson has previously spoken about how he was under the influence of drugs while filming. In his most famous scene, the boxer knocks out Galifianakis’s character, Alan.

“I was a mess. I was overweight. I was a pig, high on cocaine,” he told Yahoo! Sports. “They had to know I was messed up. I couldn’t talk. I had the cocaine talk.”

Tyson went on to star in the movie’s 2011 sequel, The Hangover Part II.

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