Shawn Levy, director of Real Steel, was recently interviewed by Screen Rant and talked about the future of a few of his projects. In two of his hopeful movies, he intends on teaming up with Hugh Jackman again, including the rumored sequel to Real Steel. He also briefly mentions that movie with Hugh and “LOST” writer, Carlton Cuse, although don’t expect any real answers on what it’s all about. Check out the relevant bits of the interview below:
SR: Will we see some of the open ended questions we are left with about Atom (the central robot protagonist) and his unique role in this universe explored in a sequel?
In the sequel we do explore the origin story of Atom and we begin to sketch an answer (to the question), “Is there something special to this bot, and if so, why?”
SR: Would that take place in flashbacks? This film isn’t being developed as an origin story is it?
It’s future, it’s still linear, and I want to be the first to say that first we need to be a hit movie before we get to make a sequel. I don’t know if that will happen, I sincerely hope so because Hugh and I really love the movie. It’s the next chapter, it’s the fallout of the Zeus vs. Atom fight, and it’s the fallout of what happens with the kid’s custody (which technically is Aunt Debra’s), and it further explores the class warfare between the underworld fight-clubs and the sanctioned, monetized WRB, which is at work in this movie but is really a big part of the second. It’s not an origin story, but at one point in the movie Charlie needs to research where the hell this bot came from, and has to understand his inner workings more — for reasons I won’t go into. So, he seeks out Atom’s creator. So it’s not a flashback, but we learn about the history because we will meet Atom’s creator.
SR: What about the amorphous action film with Hugh Jackman that we know you’re working on but aren’t talking about?
I’ll leave you with this anecdote. I would love to tell you what it is. Hugh and I met with Carlton Cuse from “LOST”…
SR: Oh, you don’t have to tell me about “LOST,” believe me. I (without thinking) wore an Oceanic tee-shirt on an Air New Zealand flight… the implications of which didn’t hit until take-off.
That’s just tempting fate and believe me! Do you know how hard it was not to call Evangeline ‘Freckles’ every day [while working with her on Real Steel]?
SR: Did you eventually do it?
Oh, eventually I did! Eventually I asked every f**king question in the world! So, Hugh, me and Carlton decide that we’re going to develop this movie together and I don’t even know what it’s been described as, so I don’t even want to name a genre. I get a call from Deadline Hollywood, Nikki Finke, and they’re like, “Okay! So, tell us about the movie.” I’m literally about to share with them what the movie is about, just like I shared with you what Frankenstein is about just now, and Carlton goes, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Don’t say anything. If I’ve learned one thing on ‘LOST,'” he tells me, “it’s keep your mouth shut, it’s a more effective approach.” So, on that one project, I am fighting my typical blabbermouth nature and keeping my mouth shut. I will say though that it’s a really cool project, and whether it’s that or the sequel of Real Steel, Hugh and I want to get back on a set together as soon as possible.
High-profile women were celebrated today, September 23rd, at Variety’s Power of Women event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The ceremony served to honor women and their charitable efforts, including: Annette Benning (for her work with the Actors Fund), Eva Longoria (for Eva’s Heroes), Mary J. Blige (for her women’s advancement foundation), and Olivia Wilde (for helping with Artists for Peace & Justice). Director Adam Shankman was the emcee for the event, with special guest appearances by Kate Beckinsale, Viola Davis, and our very own Hugh Jackman.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not WWE star, Dolph Ziggler, really suffered from a “hairline mandibular fracture” (as stated on his official Twitter) after Hugh punched him at Raw on Monday, September 19th. WWE is, of course, known for staging many acts within the program, but a punch was really thrown, so there was a lot of talk about the severity of the injury. Here’s what Hugh told Entertainment Weekly about the incident:
“It was scripted that I would go for that punch,” Jackman tells EW. “But just before we went on, Dolph was yelling at me, ‘You hit me man! Just f—ing hit me!’ During rehearsal I said, ‘I’d like to do it, but I’ve spent 20 years pulling punches, trying not to hit. Trying to make it look real, but not really hit.’ He said, ‘There’s no way. There’s cameras everywhere, there’s crowd everywhere, there’s no way we can “whiff it,”‘ as they call it.”
“So I hit him,” Jackman shrugs. “He said, ‘Hit me as hard as you can.’ So I hit him pretty hard. And you can see it in my eyes. I watched [the clip] again, and you can see me going ‘Uh oh…’ a little. I’m acting like, ‘Yeah!’ but I’m really like, ‘S—, I kinda really clocked him in the jaw.'”
“The next day I read he really broke his jaw and I wasn’t surprised — but I don’t think he did,” Jackman continues, rolling his eyes. “He’s prone to exaggeration – which is why I hit him! Nah, just kidding!”
Jackman said he has been a wrestling fan since he was a kid. “What they do in the ring is real,” he says.
He puts his hands up. “I saw some faking that night, I’ll be deadly honest,” he says. “It’s scripted entertainment. But in that ring, and when you see them backstage getting warmed up, they get fired up. ‘You better f—ing hit me!’ They’re hitting each other backstage.”
A new brand of specialty coffee sponsored by Hugh Jackman has just been launched. Laughing Man Coffee supports local farmers using sustainable techniques to harvest their own coffee, tea, and chocolates. The effort was inspired by Dukale, a coffee farmer Hugh met during a trip to Ethiopia for World Vision. (You can check out the documentary, Seeds of Hope, on Vimeo.) If you’re interested in purchasing any of the products, visit the Laughing Man Coffee site right here.
More information on this new partnership, courtesy of Variety, can be read below:
It should come as no surprise that Hugh Jackman, the Tony award–winning triple threat—who performed a one-man show and promoted two of his films this year—is an avid coffee drinker. But his latest venture, Laughing Man coffee, has less to do with his love of caffeine and more with his desire to give back.
While on a trip to Ethiopia as a World Vision ambassador in 2009, Jackman befriended Dukale, a coffee farmer with an environmentally sustainable practice that supported his growing family. “I spent half a day working in the farm and learning the harvesting process, and I understood how hard his life is,” said Jackman from London, where he is promoting his latest film, Real Steel, “But I was also inspired. Despite the family’s hardships, they remained so positive, and were simultaneously doing great things for the environment.” Jackman returned from his trip, ready to act: “I promised Dukale I’d do whatever I could to support him, and farmers like him.”
Jackman made good on that promise, starting Laughing Man coffee, a company that teams up with farmers who focus on sustainable practices throughout the world to create coffee, tea, and chocolate. By paying farmers a premium for their high-end product, Laughing Man hopes to improve their lives and subsequently the well-being of their communities. “It’s great coffee,” says Jackman, “and I want people to buy it because it’s good, and they like it. The bonus here is that it will also give back.”
There are numerous videos coming out that include promotion for the upcoming Real Steel, but too many to make individual updates for. That said, here is a “master list” of some worthwhile press pieces from Toronto that are being released. I’ll add more if/when they’re uploaded, so check back!
Entertainment Weekly brief interview here (auto-play).