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Directed by Lee, Undisputed Truth, Mike Tyson’s no-filter one-man show, is playing on repeat on HBO and his Kickstarter project Da Sweet Blood of Jesus about people addicted to blood but aren’t’ vampires hits next summer. Lee says that Tyson, who had a run on Broadway and around the country with Undisputed Truth worked hard to be credible onstage.

“He had like a month of rehearsal but he was committed to the act, ”Lee says. “He’s on a stage by himself and he didn’t have a Teleprompter. He’s working, he’s working.”

Lee, now 56, with a daugher in film school, has made many successful movies both inside and outside the Hollywood system. But he couldn’t be happier for his cousin, Malcolm D. Lee, director of Best Man Holiday who got his start on Lee’s 1988 movie School Daze as a high school senior.

“He’s killing it. Malcolm Lee, very proud of my cousin. We’re happy with the success of his film but as I told him the other day, you gotta make another one quick,” Lee laughs. “He wasn’t waiting. It’s hard to get movies made.”

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