Hugh Jackman headlining science fiction film "Real Steel"
Hugh Jackman is taking Battle Bots out of Christmas movies and putting them into the real ring with "Real Steel". Here is an excerpt from an L.A. Times article (which includes lots of pictures):[indent]Hugh Jackman has something to prove -- can he be a major movie star when he isn't in the role of Wolverine? We have some early looks at the film that Jackman is making right now, the sci-fi action film "Real Steel," due in theaters next year, and you can bet that the actor is hungry for the boxing movie to deliver a knockout.

The 41-year-old Aussie has been given a number of chances -- "Kate and Leopold," "Australia," "Deception," "Swordfish," "Van Helsing," "Scoop" and "The Fountain" -- but he has yet to claw out a major hit with any live-action role away from the Marvel Comics mutant persona.

The closest he came was Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" in 2006, a film that pulled in $110 million worldwide and had a lean $40 million production budget, but that was more of an ensemble film (with Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson). And then there was "Australia," which tanked in the U.S. ($50 million in box office) but made $162 million in foreign markets to cover its production budget of $130 million, although that budget number doesn't include the major marketing and advertising expenses.

Jackman, widely considered one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, is getting back into the ring right now with "Real Steel," a sort of mecha-gladiator tale filming in Detroit. Jackman plays a washed-up boxer named Charlie Kenton who with his estranged son Max (played by Dakota Goyo) makes a comeback bid in a new high-tech sport of robot boxing.[/indent]

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And here is an excerpt from a USA Today article:[indent]Now this is an iron-jawed fighter. In this exclusive image from Real Steel, which began shooting live-action scenes Monday, Hugh Jackman isn't throwing the punches — the guy to the left is.

The movie, directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night), imagines a world in which human boxing is non-existent, replaced by leagues of mechanized pugilists. It's expected to arrive in theaters in November 2011.

"The moment of walking in and seeing these robots, my jaw was on the floor," Jackman said Monday. That's because the robot in this image is a real device, not a digital visual effect.

Motion-capture animation is used in the film when the machines are brawling (with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard working as an adviser on those), but 19 real-life animatronic giants were created for scenes with the human actors.[/indent]

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Rumor has it that he was considered fr the role of 007 before they decided n Daniel Craig. While I think Craig is the best Bond since Connery, it would ne interesting to see Jackman in the role.
LA Times Wrote:The closest he came was Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" in 2006, a film that pulled in $110 million worldwide and had a lean $40 million production budget, but that was more of an ensemble film (with Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson)
Hmm, not sure I'd agree that it was an ensemble film. Scarlet Johansson might have featured heavily in the promo art, but she had only a handful of lines and Caine's role was very much a supporting one. Jackman and Bale were definitely the stars.
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