A Couple of New Articles on ‘Real Steel’

A couple of new articles have been added to the press archive, which you can also read below. Mostly, Hugh just talks about Real Steel and touches on future projects. Other noteworthy mentions are his answer to whether or not he’d like to star in a film with Deb (“hell yes”), his desire to host the Oscars again, more commentary on the Wolverine delays, and what kind of dad he is at home. Nothing particularly new (except that he intends on bringing his one-man show to Australia soon), but they might be worth checking out regardless.

The last time Hugh Jackman punched anyone was two weeks ago, in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a very public punch and it sent professional wrestler Dolph Ziggler reeling. ”Ziggler is an exaggerator, though,” Jackman says.

”I didn’t break his jaw like he claimed,” he adds with a smile.

Jackman is far from combative as he recounts the incident at the WWE Raw SuperShow event, where Jackman was making an appearance to promote his latest film, Real Steel. ”I’ve been pulling punches as an actor for 20 years but Dolph said: ‘The audience would boo you!’ Well,” Jackman says with a laugh. ”You don’t expect an actor to get booed on purpose! So I hit him.”

The only other times Jackman hits anything, ”it’s usually something like a pillow” when he gets mad, which is not often. ”I’m pretty even-tempered but kids really know how to push your buttons,” he says, referring to his two adopted children, Oscar, 11, and Ava, 6.

Whenever we’ve met over the years, Jackman has always lived up to his reputation as Mr Perfect: likeable, funny and engaging. We’ve crossed paths at a movie promotional party at a villa in the hills above Cannes, backstage after his extravagant performance as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and, in the early days of his career, on the set of his second feature film, Paperback Hero.

But he’s not perfect. For instance, he gets as frustrated as any father.


Actors are wisely advised to not share the screen with scene-stealing children and animals. But what about lovable robots?

“The good thing about robots is, they don’t eat,” jokes Hugh Jackman, who shares the screen with both a child (Toronto kid Dakota Goyo) and a hard-punching automaton named Atom in Disney’s Real Steel, opening nationwide Friday. “Really, that’s all I worry about on a set, somebody hogging the food.”

Believe it or not, the Steven Spielberg-produced Real Steel marks Jackman’s first film release since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, nearly two years ago (he’ll also be seen soon opposite Jennifer Garner in the oddball comedy, Butter).

It doesn’t feel like it, as the easygoing Aussie talks about working and not working while on a publicity stop in Toronto. He’s been in our faces, pop culture-wise, the entire time. He’s received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he hosted the Oscars. He was on Broadway with Daniel Craig in the play A Steady Rain. And then there was his one-man show, which was on tour through the summer. “This last year, to be honest, I would have worked more, but The Wolverine (the sequel to his X-Men Origins movie, skedded to be shot in Vancouver) has been on-again/ off-again for an entire year, pretty much.” (It’s now scheduled for June, after Jackman films Les Miserables in London.)