Mike Tyson Credits ‘The Hangover’ For Sobriety Help

Former boxing heavyweight champ Mike Tyson said his role in “The Hangover,” the hit 2009 film about three groomsmen and their drunken Vegas debauchery, actually helped him become sober and get his life back on track.

Tyson, who has had three stints in rehab for substance abuse, said he was still in a “dark place” when the movie was filming. But after it came out, he said one day he was swarmed by a tour group full of kids, who hugged him and asked him all sorts of questions about his “Hangover” performance, in which he played himself as the owner of a stolen white Bengal tiger.

“That changed everything for me, which I’m so appreciative,” Tyson, 46, said. “That was just some good stuff.”

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Pictured: Mike Tyson performs during the grand opening of his one-man show ‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth – Live on Stage’ at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino April 14, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)