Mike Tyson has revealed he drew inspiration from Benito Mussolini when appearing with Madonna and Chance the Rapper on Madonna's single 'Iconic'.
The song appears on her new album, 'Rebel Heart', and Tyson said he was summoned to the studio but didn't know what she wanted him for.
"Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go," he told Rolling Stone. "I didn't know what the hell I was going there for. I'm just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna.
"She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn't know if she wanted me to talk or rap. I just go in there and start talking. I'm talking about my life and things that I have endured. I'm saying some really crazy stuff. It was really intense."
The boxer-turned-actor said he ad-libbed his part and drew inspiration from Mussolini, who he described as "mesmerising".
"I know people may say 'this guy's a fascist' and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him," he said.
"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."
We've just learned something about Madonna most of us will have never suspected possible: there are moments she'd rather not be centre of attention. For anyone who has grown up with the Material Girl the insight feels both surprising and troubling. You know the world is in a strange place when you are required to think of the architect of Vogue and Like A Virgin (to say nothing of a recent Interview magazine nudie shoot) as a shrinking violet.