Mike Tyson has found inspiration in a strange place: Benito Mussolini, one of the most hated dictators in history.
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Tyson spoke of how Madonna called and invited him to sing in one of her new songs.
Ad-libbing his portion of the song, Tyson says he drew inspiration from the Italian dictator of World War II:
When I did it, I think about being some guy like Mussolini and they’re really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting. You watch Mussolini on television — even though we don’t understand what he’s saying — he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way.
Continuing his admiration for Mussolini, he went so far as to say he understands why Hitler was so attracted to his Italian counterpart.
“I know people may say ‘this guy’s a fascist’ and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him,” added Tyson. “No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him. This guy’s a hypnotic figure. There’s so much pride behind what he’s saying. I’m not even Italian and I feel the pride he’s projecting. He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop.”