Back in the 90s, if Steven Seagal and Mike Tyson were fighting each other in a movie then it would probably be a favourite for the highest grossing movie of the year, but in 2018 unfortunately they can’t even get a cinema release for their encounter.
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This hasn’t got me any less pumped about it and it shouldn’t affect your anticipation of it either because it looks completely awesome from the trailer below. The movie is called ‘China Salesman’ – a phrase that literally doesn’t make any sense – and tells the story of a Chinese salesman/engineer who comes face to face with a corrupt competitor over the first mobile telecom technology in Africa. Tyson plays a local tribesman called Kabbah and Seagal is a mercenary named Lauder who somehow get embroiled in this national conflict.
Check out the trailer below:
Damn that looks like the kind of movie that probably should have been released in the 90s right? It’s obviously going to be really stupid but how could a movie starring Mike Tyson and Steven Seagal not be completely stupid eh?
If all of this hasn’t already tickled your fancy, then listen to this – apparently the pair will be throwing down for an epic fight that lasts a full eight minutes. Gonna be beautiful. Or at least it would have been in the 90s, not really sure if either of them could fight for a minute these days without having to lie down for a rest because they’re so old.
There’s also a backstory about some really dumb beef between the two stars as well. Director Tan Bing has said that it was ‘very difficult’ to get the movie started because Seagal and Tyson would only agree to appear in the movie if they managed to beat the other in their scrap. In order to get them to work together, Bing had to say that he would let them both win – I’m not entirely sure how that’s going to work but hey I’m willing to sit through this movie to find out. Split decision.
Can we also talk about how Steven Seagal and Mike Tyson – who at one point were undoubtedly the toughest people in the world – have been reduced to arguing over who is going to win a fake fight in a movie in their old age? That’s pretty pathetic and it’s hardly going to tarnish their legacy anymore than appearing in this stupid movie in the first place will. Bizarre behaviour, but I guess that’s what happens when you’re an ageing tough guy fading into obscurity. Any win is a win.
For more Mike Tyson, check him out opening a giant weed farm in California. Ballin’.