AceShowbiz - Trevante Rhodes has broken his silence after Mike Tyson accused Hulu of "stealing" his life story for its upcoming miniseries, "Mike". Taking to social media, the actor portraying the former professional boxer shared a statement.
"Just as there is an inside there is an outside. I understand. I am a fan as well. Obviously," the 32-year-old actor began in his statement posted on Instagram on Monday, August 8. He continued, "As Champ honored the great, Alexander the Great, in his way, I honor him in mine [with] my intelligence, my heart & my time."
Trevante went on to point out, "Perspective is everything. Perspective is everything." The "Bird Box" actor further stated, "What's bigger than a name? the education of a vein. Never in vain, never in vain, never in vain, never in vain."
"Lulu, you should consider prompting their project too, to see multiple perspectives of a process is a true truth," the "Moonlight" star continued in his post. "I too hope to live a process unprocessed. Inspired & inspiring. Bless."
Mike turned to his Twitter account on Friday, August 5 to share his frustration, blasting Hulu for producing a series on his life without his consent. "Hulu stole my story. They're Goliath and I'm David. Heads will roll for this," so he first wrote, before adding in another post, "Hey @hulu I'm not a n****r you can sell on the auction block #slaverysover #f**khulu... Hulu's model of stealing life rights of celebrities is egregiously greedy."
Not done calling out the streaming service, Mike hopped on Instagram to warn his fans not to watch the show. "Hulu tried to desperately pay my brother @danawhite millions without offering me a dollar to promote their slave master take over story about my life. He turned it down because he honors friendship and treating people with dignity. I'll never forget what he did for me just like I'll never forget what Hulu stole from me," he insisted.
"Don't let Hulu fool you. I don't support their story about my life. It's not 1822. It's 2022. They stole my life story and didn't pay me. To Hulu executives I'm just a n****r they can sell on the auction block," Iron Mike continued to argue. In the caption, he wrote, "Hulu is the streaming version of the slave master. They stole my story and didn't pay me."
The trailer for "Mike" was released in July. Creators of the eight-part series were those who were also responsible for the biopic on former American figure skater Tonya Harding titled "I, Tonya".