Hugh Jackman and Sugar Ray Leonard Talk REAL STEEL

     February 5, 2011

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Hugh Jackman was in Dallas recently to promote his upcoming robot-boxing movie, Real Steel. In Jackman’s corner was none other than Olympic gold medalist and one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Leonard. When they weren’t busy discussing their picks for Superbowl XLV, the duo stressed the realistic, human element of Real Steel in addition to its cool-factor. While Leonard doesn’t have a starring role in the film, he was responsible for not only training Hugh Jackman, who plays an ex-boxer turned coach, but also for providing each of the massive robots with unique styles and personalities.

Hit the jump to watch the interview and catch a tidbit from Jackman about preparing for his role in The Wolverine.

Here’s one of the interviews given by Hugh Jackman and Sugar Ray Leonard:

Recently, Collider’s editor-in-chief paid a visit to the editing bay of Real Steel and was understandably impressed by its technical and visual achievements. But in addition to the fun-factor of giant fighting robots, Jackman and Leonard stress the relationship between trainer and fighter. If their comments are to be believed, than we can expect a ton of heart and personality from each of these robotic boxing brutes. (Think Rocky meets Transformers.)

For those of you hearing about Real Steel for the first time, here’s the synopsis:

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

Check out the trailer for Real Steel here.

Real Steel is directed by Shawn Levy and, along with Jackman, stars Lost alumni Evangeline Lilly and Kevin Durand. Look for it to enter the ring on October 7, 2011.

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