‘Real Steel’ On Set Interview with Hugh Jackman

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?

Yeah.

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.

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