USA Today has published a new article highlighting Hugh’s efforts in Real Steel. Sugar Ray Leonard throws his two cents in on training Hugh to become a top fighter (“He delivered a punch… That’s all I care about,” he said of the RAW appearance). Director Shawn Levy and co-star Evangeline Lilly are also mentioned in the article. At the end, it might be worth checking out how Hugh has fared in other “battles” in life, including a locker and a drunkard at an English pub. Check out an excerpt below, or visit one of the two sources for the articles. They have both been added to the press archive.
“Ah, that smell,” he remarks as he wades into the musk amid the gym’s leather punching bags.
Did his nostrils flare just a little bit? Is the famous Jackman smile turning into a devious snarl? It’s not clear. But when he eyes his boxing opponent for the morning — a nervous reporter — the full animal reveals itself.
“Do you know what I did to the last guy I fought?” Jackman deadpans as the gloves are laced. “You best look out.”
The world should be on notice. Jackman, 42, has perfected his knockout punch to prepare for his role in Real Steel, opening Friday. He’s buff, he’s throwing punches (professional wrestler Dolph Ziggler took a Jackman blow to the jaw last month), and he has truly tapped into the sweet science. Jackman’s preparation for playing a washed-up fighter who finds redemption in training a boxing robot culminated in a master class with Sugar Ray Leonard. The legendary teacher (and film consultant) was impressed with his sparring student.
“For starters, he’s in great condition. Look at his body — it’s a thing of envy,” Leonard says. “If he had a boxing nickname, it would be ‘Sweet’ Hugh Jackman.”
A fun new interview by GQ was recently released, which actually doesn’t touch too much on Hugh’s upcoming movie, Real Steel. He was asked about his fashion sense (who is he wearing?), his karaoke song (The Rolling Stones, unsurprisingly), and what he treats himself to on the days he isn’t confined to the chicken-and-broccoli diet (hint: it’s an Italian dessert). Visit GQ’s website for the whole interview after reading an excerpt below. It has also been added to the press archive.
GQ.com: What was your last stylish purchase?
Hugh Jackman: This morning I had John Lobb come over. I’m so excited as I’ve been waiting two years to get them. For me that’s one of the great indulgences in life – a hand-tailored suit, and a great pair of handmade shoes. There’s no one better than John Lobb. I can’t wait to see them. Now I’ve had my lasts done, they keep them on file forever.
Where do you go for your suits?
Salvatore Ferragamo have done some nice handmade suits for me. Right now on this tour I’m wearing mainly Lanvin. I’ve also got a lot of suits made by this Italian guy from Napoli called Isaia. Not many people know the brand, but I know that George Clooney and Brad Pitt do. It’s almost like I’m not meant to tell anyone. You see, when you’re named “Sexiest Man Alive” you join this club, and the whole world opens up to you. [laughs]
You’ve just announced a new one-man show on Broadway. Are you planning on seeing anything in the West End while you’re here?
I’d love to go and see The Tempest with Ralph Fiennes in it. One of things I’d love to do one day is a Shakespeare with Trevor Nunn. I’ve done musicals with him, but never Shakespeare. There’s no one better.
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Collider has released a few separate snippets from an interview with Hugh Jackman over the past week or so, but they’ve recently published the entire interview and a long audio (over twenty minutes) of it as well. Some of the information is repeated (information on Les Miserables has already been posted on HJF), but there’s some interesting tidbits in this new piece as well. I would highly recommend checking out the interview audio, especially around the 22-minute mark, for a brief Jean Valjean treat. Check out an excerpt below and visit the source for the entire thing. It has also been added to the press archive.
Question: Were you familiar with the Richard Matheson short story before shooting?
HUGH JACKMAN: I actually didn’t read it until about the second week of shooting, and it was Don Murphy who gave it to me. He said, “You’ve read it right?” I said, “Actually, no, I haven’t, but I’ve seen The Twilight Zone episode.” So, it was great to read it. I should have read it before I started. There’s some good stuff in it. It’s terrific. He was a great writer. I want to read more of his stuff.
What was it like working with Sugar Ray Leonard?
JACKMAN: Of all the things that he told me, and there were many, the thing that really affected me the most was his insistence about the importance of the corner man, which is effectively what I play. Not as much the fighter, but the corner man. And, he talked a lot about Angelo Dundee, and how he was the difference between winning and losing in some fights. He’d be behind the monitor for some scenes doing, endlessly doing right left. He looked over and said, “They will only believe these fights, if you and the corner are connected. You have to be the emotional strength. You have to be the wisdom. You have to be the spine of that fighter.” It was a great bit of advice.
Your character has a tough relationship with his son. Being a dad yourself, was it hard to do that?
JACKMAN: After a few days, (director) Shawn [Levy] actually pulled me and Dakota [Goyo] aside and said to both of us, “Look, Dakota, you’re a very well brought up and polite kid. Hugh, you genuinely like children. You’ve got to stop that, immediately. Go further. Keep going. I’ll tell you, if you’ve gone too far.” There were several times when he’d call cut, and I’d see Dakota look over to his mom, like he was going to get into trouble. “They told me to say this. It’s okay.” Because it obviously goes against the grain. Having said that, I do have two children and there are times you want to say things that you are not allowed to say, right? It was nice to be able to let them rip for three months. It was good therapy.
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Phew. Lots of candid pictures from yesterday, October 4th! The first set is of Hugh arriving at and leaving “Good Morning America” as well as arriving at “Late Show with David Letterman.” The second set is of him leaving the former talk show in an outfit change. The last and final set looks to be him arriving home after “Letterman,” sans jacket. As a heads up: I’ve also added GMA pictures to this post, which you can check out here.