A new interview from Collider.com has just been revealed, although it took place last summer during the filming of Real Steel. In it, Hugh talks extensively about the film: co-star Dakota Goyo’s skill set, training with Sugar Ray Leonard, how important it was to have actual robot props instead of relying heavily on CGI, among other things. Check out an excerpt below; it’s also been added to the Press Archive. You can also listen to the audio interview here.
Can you talk about this location? I mean what was it like first walking on set?
Hugh Jackman: My first thought was like no one is going to believe this is not CGI. Everyone’s going to think this is extension looks so incredible. Did you see some of the big wide shots?
Jackman: I mean it’s so amazing. That was my first thought that this looks so unbelievably good that they aren’t going to believe it’s for real. And I think it’s going to be the same with the robots because we have real robots for some of it and then it’ll be CGI. It’s really exciting.
How do the robots look?
Jackman: They look so unbelievable and have you seen any of the working one?
Not really, no.
Jackman: They look so unbelievable. Have you seen any of the working ones? They’re unbelievable. People will think they’re CGI but it makes such a difference for us as the actors and just the overall look. And I think what Shawn [Levy] has done so brilliantly is create a world that’s very real, very gritty, very timeless and robots that are sort of very everyday. I know what’s going to happen and every kid is going to be really upset that it’s not real because it’s so fun and you totally could believe that this would be the biggest sport in the world.
What’s the affect on you as an actor? It gives you more to work with I’m sure. Can you kind of talk about that experience?
Jackman: It does. Well of course it makes it a lot easier and I think particularly for Dakota who’s younger and hasn’t had that…I’ve had a little more experience with that stuff but nothing can replace that feeling of real amazement. A real sort of shock…when we first saw those robots, my jaw was on the ground. They’re just amazing. I think, the extras, there’s no doubt these guys are just blown away. And I think particularly when we’re working in close in close-ups it makes a huge difference just in grounding in reality.
On September 19th, Hugh will step into the WWE ringside to lend himself as a celebrity guest star. The WWE Raw SuperShow will take place live at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena; for ticket info, check out the WWE live tour ticket site. A quote from Hugh about the event can be read below:
“In two weeks, I’ll be climbing into the ring on Raw to hang with the Superstars and the give the WWE Universe an exclusive first look at my new movie, Real Steel. Don’t miss it,” said Jackman, who stars in the upcoming sci-fi action flick, in theaters October 7.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to purchase (and scan) every magazine that Hugh will be featured on in the coming month as promotion for Real Steel. That said, what I can do is let fans know which he’ll be in! Up first are issues of Time Out Sydney (September ’11) and Men’s Health UK (October ’11). Check out summaries of the articles below:
TIME OUT SYDNEY
“Man of Steel Hugh Jackman reflects on fame, family, being a ‘big kid,’ owning both stage and screen, and the magnetic pull of Sydney.”
MEN’S HEALTH UK
“Hugh Jackman pushes his body harder than anyone in Hollywood. He tells MH about the mental and physical tools you need to get a powerful physique that’s built to last.”
Although I’m not able to provide scans, I would absolutely appreciate if anyone donated the content to HJF. You would get credit, of course. If you have the magazines, please contact me and let me know.
The 42-year-old actor insists 11-year-old Oscar – his eldest child with wife Deborra-Lee Furness – doesn’t view him as ‘cool’, despite portraying ‘X-Men’ hero Wolverine on the big screen.
Hugh – who also has six-year-old daughter Ava with his wife – said: ‘I just did this one-man show in Toronto. There’s an early song where I’m talking about how I like to dance but I’m Wolverine – it’s a funny, fun thing.
‘I was dancing and being a bit of a goofball. My son turned to my wife and said, ‘My dad is so embarrassing.’ He thinks I’m embarrassing.’
A new interview from the series Conversation with Candice has been uploaded to Radio Disney’s official YouTube. In it, Hugh Jackman speaks about practicing boxing for Real Steel, while Dakota Goyo (who plays Hugh’s son in the movie) mentions the dance classes he took. It’s a quick peak into the film. Check it out below:
A couple of days ago, it was being touted as a rumor, but now it’s been confirmed that Hugh Jackman’s limited engagement one-man show will hit Broadway. This, according to the Broadhurst Theater, the venue that will be housing Hugh’s In Concert series from October 25th to December 20th. Tickets are not yet on sale, but be sure to keep checking the Broadhurst’s website for more information.
A great new article has just been released from the Herald Sun, in which Hugh talks about fatherhood. He touches on the pain of failed IVF attempts, but the joys of adopting and raising children. It’s a great read that only briefly touches on Real Steel (and how Oscar felt about Hugh working with another boy around his age). Check out an excerpt of it below, or read the entire piece in the Press Archive.
Despite many Hollywood stars having rags-to-riches stories, few tend to dwell on them. They’re more likely to talk about their latest role, their recent Oscar, their “blessed” existence. After all, who wants to admit the reality and spoil the fantasy that the rich and famous have perfect lives?
Hugh Jackman could be forgiven for focusing on the good stuff. The Sydney native has earned his place at the top of the showbiz heap (his pay cheque for 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine was rumoured to be $20 million), and with his boyish smile and chiselled physique, it would be easy to believe the all-singing, all-dancing star has enjoyed a trouble-free life.
But, from the moment he arrives for our chat, sans entourage and dressed in a simple outfit of black polo shirt and jeans, it’s clear the 42-year-old doesn’t pretend to be anything he’s not. And despite his A-list status and high earning power, he also doesn’t shy away from the parts of his life that have caused him heartache, namely his struggle to become a father.
“It was painful,” says Jackman of the moment he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness discovered they couldn’t have children. “It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional. I think any parent can relate – trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that’s not going to happen, there’s a certain anxiety that goes with it.”
Pouring himself a glass of water, Jackman explains how, after meeting on the set of ABC prison drama “Correlli” in 1995, he and Furness decided to have children naturally, then adopt later in life. But things didn’t go to plan.
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