Mike Tyson will get a shot to do some real acting on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU." And, unlike his other acting gigs, he won't be playing himself.

According to E! News, the former heavyweight champion will play a murderer on death row named Reggie Rhodes, who had an unfortunate upbringing and became a violent individual.

Wait -- I thought they said he wasn't playing himself.

That's a little joke, Mr. Tyson. I'm a big fan ... don't bite me.

Rhodes' case comes to the attention of Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and defense attorney Bayard Ellis (Andre Braugher) during an SVU investigation.

Tyson famously played himself in the "Hangover" films, and currently stars in the autobiographical stage show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," directed by Spike Lee. The show comes to San Francisco's Orpheum TheatreFeb. 26-March 3.

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