How about your tiger collection?
I had a couple of them. You get them when they’re real small and they don’t grow fast, but if you leave and come back, they grow fast. If you’re around and watching them grow, it takes a long time, but if you leave for two weeks and come back, they’re huge. They’re real possessive and if you’re on the couch and you say: “Hey, get off the couch!” they’ll hit you with their leg. They’re real territorial.
What’s your fondest tiger memory?
Sh*t, name them. One day there was [a reporter] who came by and was gonna write a nice story about me, because I had gotten a lot of bad press. I brought him in the garage and I thought it was gonna be cute for him to see my cat. I wanted him to think I was a cool guy and eccentric! So I opened the door and tiger runs. She’s a sweetheart and she jumps on the guy and the guy gets a heart attack. [Laughs] He ripped me to shreds. He ruined my life in the article. He destroyed me in the article. Ho-ly sh*t. I didn’t know he was sick and he had a heart attack! When the article came out, people wouldn’t touch me with a thousand-foot pole. I was just trying to show off!
The Mike Tyson in The Hangover movies has tigers and it seems so fictional and ridiculous!
That’s why they did it!
How did your cameo in that movie even happen?
At that stage I was doing drugs and I knew nothing about the movie. I was in Vegas and I go to a club and I noticed five white people in the VIP section. So I sit down and I notice Zach Galifianakis and he’s like, “We’re going to be shooting a movie with you in two weeks!” And I say, “Me? Can I get some money, because I’m broke as shit.” Usually I was in strip clubs and brothels, begging for free sex, so I wanted some money! I was out of my mind at that time. We started shooting and it was awesome. Later I went to a restaurant in LA and there was a sight-seeing bus, a bunch of kids jump out and they’re like, "Yo, we saw you in that movie!" And I knew I was back.
What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever bought?
Name some stuff. I had a lot of guns and stuff. Wow, I might get arrested for saying this. I had some interesting guns. I was in Cleveland one day and Don King got nervous and called the sheriff and they took all my guns. They could’ve took me to jail, because they were all illegal. They just took the guns—I had a little arsenal there—and they took the guns and left me alone.
Do you have a big car collection?
When I was younger, I had every car. I don’t have the money to afford them now and I don’t even know how to drive them! You need to press buttons and stuff. Man, I had some really interesting cars. I paid up to a million dollars for a car once. I had a lot of goodies.
Do you have a top five?
Shoot, I don’t know. McLaren, Ferrari F50, Lamborghini LM002 truck, just a bunch of really cool cars. I used to pick them up right from Bristol, England. I’d go look at the car, examine it, and they’d send it. Back then it was that easy.