HuffPo has released a new interview with Hugh Jackman, in which he discusses his big three movies that have been circulating in the press lately: Real Steel, Les Miserables, and The Wolverine. In this new press piece, he talks about working alongside life-size robots, the comparison between Wolverine and Charlie [Kenton], and more details on Les Mis (he confirms that he’s not yet positive whether or not Anne Hathaway will be in the picture). Check out an excerpt below and then hop over to the source to read more. It’s also been added to the press archive.
What was it like to have such massive, digital co-stars?
For my particular character, he was an ex-boxer, so the only game he knows is boxing, but the only boxing game is robots, so he’s doing it, but at the same time, he kind of hates it. It’s the very thing that took away what he loves and his livelihood I suppose, and he’s doing a pretty bad job of it. Somehow, his weird belief in these robots mirrors his return to believing in himself. I like that line where I’m talking to the robot and the kid sort of echoes my line, he says, ‘You know you’re talking to a robot, right?’ It’s a sort of great moment, because we had four, nine-foot animated, animatronic robots that we were working with. And the guys that controlled them with joysticks actually built them, but they’re really more like puppeteers than anything. You cannot talk to them while they have their hand on that joystick, they’re fully in that mode. If you watch the background of a movie, you’ll see them interacting, the robots’ heads are moving responding to conversations, they really did an amazing job.
Because you think of the robots as humans, it’s almost cruel to run them through these terrible fights.
Yeah, you’re right. It’s funny because my kids kept saying, ‘Is he alright? Is Adam going to be okay?’ He gets so pounded, and the design of those robots I think is ingenius, the way they did the scars on the front of their face plates, it looks faintly like maybe a mouth, and those eyes seem to have a soul to them. I know what you mean, I really kind of feel for that robot. When we tested the movie, it tested kind of through the roof. There’s three sort of main characters; there’s me, there’s Max and there’s Atom. And all three, including the robot, scored kind of in the same region. People really liked the robot.
You’re pretty good at playing a chip-on-the shoulder, angry guy. You’ve done that before; was it attractive to reprise?
This one I thought had more charm to him. He’s a bit of a hustler, he’s down and out, but he’s desperately trying to get himself out of that situation. So even though on one level, he’s sort of resigned to life, he’s always trying to hustle and move, and it felt different to me. I’ve never played a father, as well. And look, it’s a Dreamworks movie, it’s distributed on a worldwide level under Disney, and I sell my kid in the first 10 minutes of the movie; it’s not what you’d expect. And yet we still needed to make the audience be with me at the end, so that was the goal. So it was a real challenge.
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