How he got the role of Quil
Tyson moved out to Vancouver and was only living out there for a few month when he became broke. He was working at a retail job that he got fired from, and tried unsuccessfully to find work. He was looking for job postings on ebay and found an ad that said "major motion picture" and that they were looking for native americans between the ages of 15-25. Tyson thought "i fit those descriptions" so he went to go give it a try. So he went to the open casting and right when he got there, he decided to get there about an hour early just in case there was a line up. And an hour early was not early enough, there was a line up over six blocks long of just twilight fans, and he had to wait for a long time.Tyson had to keep coming back through the day and at the end it was just him and five other guys.They called him back a week later for the call back and gave him two sets of lines. The guy on the other end of the phone told him that he only had to memorize the first set of lines because the other set wasn't going to be in the move. He looked at the lines and the first set was only two or three lines, and the second set was almost seven pages long. But Tyson thought "i'm going to learn the second to try to impress them". He went in the next day and he read the first set of lines, and he said he learned the second set if they wanted to hear it as well. And they said ya, sure and put it on tape. A week later they gave him a call and he had gotten the part. He freaked out. He called him mom and told her. Tyson could tell she was freaking out because she was speechless for five minutes, and he was like "mom are you ok". And then all of a sudden she hung up on him. Ten minutes later she called back and she was out of breath. His mom had run through her work telling everyone, she was screaming and crying because she was so excited.