BlackBook talked to director James Toback about Tyson, his new documentary on the heavyweight boxer. During the interview they also talk about Toback's 1999 film Black and White about a documentary filmmaker played by Brooke Shields who follows a group of white kids as they try to fit in with Harlem's black Hip-Hop crowd.
Toback discusses an impromptu scene between Robert Downey, Jr. and Mike Tyson:
"When Mike got out of prison, I told him I was starting this movie called Black and White,
which I was going to collaborate with the Wu-Tang Clan. He got all
excited and wanted to do it. Downey had also just gotten out of rehab
or jail. My intuition is that interesting people are more interesting
right after they have suffered. It opens them up even further. I felt
that both of them would be very good in the movie and good together. I
asked Downey what he wanted to play, and he said, 'Why don’t I play the
gay husband of Brooke Shields?' I said, 'Good. Why don’t you play the
gay husband of Brooke Shields who hits on Mike Tyson?' It only occurred
to Downey at the last minute to ask whether I had told Mike that he was
going to hit on him. I said, 'No.' Downey said, 'What if he gets
angry?' I said, 'I would assume he would.' He said, 'How far do you
want me to take it?' I said, 'Take it until he responds in the
extreme.' Downey responded, 'What if he kills me?' I said, 'Well, I
haven’t thought about that. I think it’s unlikely—no better than a 5%
chance. But, at the rate you’re going, you’re going to end up dying in
the parking lot of a motel in Culver City. So what would be better ...
that or dying like this?' Downey cracked up and proceeded to provoke
Mike at great lengths to smack him, choke him, slam him on the ground,
and call him a 'cum drinker.'"
I've dug up the scene. You can watch it, as well as the trailer for Tyson, AFTER THE JUMP...