Hugh Talks Hip-hop and Plane Jumping

A couple of weeks ago, there was a contest held for one special fan to talk to Hugh Jackman as part of the Real Steel press run. A woman named Rena Jenkins won and conducted a great, informative interview that’s now online. There’s standard fare about the film and Hugh’s boxing lessons, plus some bonus facts like his opinion on hip-hop (especially the artist, Eminem), playing pranks on set, and what’s next on his bucket list. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source, where you can also drop off a comment congratulating her on the win and successful interview. It’s also been added to the press archive (which now has a brand new layout!).

During the filming of Real Steel I heard that you and director Shawn Levy went to an Eminem concert. There’s an Eminem song in the movie, and played in the trailer for Real Steel. Can we assume that you two are big fans of his?
I think Eminem is extraordinary, and one of the greatest live acts I’ve ever seen. I’m a real fan of live music, but if I go to a concert and I feel that I’m just getting their CD, basically, played for me, it bores me. I would prefer to just listen to it. But he, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre: It was one of the most electrifying nights I’ve ever been a part of. I was actually ushered to this area and I went behind the stage and just watching Dr. Dre get ready to go onstage, it was kind of like watching a prizefighter getting ready for a big fight. There’s just so much that they put in to every song. And Eminem, he’s just, oh my God, he’s just the consummate performer. A professional. And everything comes from an honest place. Comes from his heart. That’s what I like about him.

Were there any practical jokes played on you during the filming?
I played a few on Dakota. He was saying to me the other day that he played one on me, but I can’t remember it, so it can’t have been that good. I can’t think of any offhand … But I’ve heard, don’t do a film with Mel Gibson. He is the king. He is the king of practical jokes.

I had not heard that. I had heard Brad Pitt and some other guys. Why is it always guys playing the practical jokes?
Because we’re just little boys, basically. We never grow up. And in an actor that’s allowed [laughs].

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