Candids > 2011 > 27 January
According to the Associated Press, Hugh Jackman has been recruited to present at the upcoming Oscars. It is currently unknown just what category he will represent. Other presenters for the evening include Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and Marisa Tomei.
This year’s Academy Awards – the 83rd in history – is taking place at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles next month, on February 27th. Anne Hathaway will host the ceremony alongside this year’s Oscar nominee, James Franco.
Hugh Jackman is starring in the action drama film, Real Steel, in which he portrays a washed-up fighter who reenters the field of boxing by taking up coaching. So how did he get prepared for the role? By training with world-class boxing coach, Sugar Ray Leonard, of course! Read the article below:
Actor Hugh Jackman has revealed that he recruited world-class boxing coach, Sugar Ray Leonard, to train him for his upcoming flick ‘Real Steel’.
The Australian star delved into the sport to play Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who trains giant steel robots for underground competitions in the futuristic new film, which is slated for release later this year (11).
Jackman, whose father Chris was a boxer, managed to recruit retired legend and former champion Leonard to train him and when he wasn’t in the ring, the actor watched Sylvester Stallone in Rocky for inspiration.
“My old man was a boxer, actually. He was an army champ. But once I knew about this film, I did some training with Sugar Ray Leonard and another less well-known fighter in New York…,” the Daily Express quoted him as telling Total Film.
“I went back and watched the original Rocky and you forget – there was only one 10-minute fight at the end. We always said we should be able to take out boxing and replace it with anything.
The sport could be snail-racing. It’s irrelevant to how well-drawn this story and these characters are.”
According to Collider, Hugh Jackman has been cast in DreamWork Animation’s upcoming film, The Guardians of Childhood. He will voice Bunnymund, the Easter Bunny. The star-studded cast is rounded out by Alec Baldwin (Santa Claus), Chris Pine (Jack Frost), Isla Fisher (Tooth, The Tooth Fairy), and Jude Law (Pitch). Based on an upcoming series of books by William Joyce, Guardians will follow various childhood staples.
A summary provided by Variety is below:
When Pitch (Law), an evil spirit akin to the Boogeyman, lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire has adapted the book series into the screenplay. Joyce will co-direct the film with Peter Ramsey and Guillermo del Toro is set to executive produce the project. The film sounds huge and ambitious, with plenty of power-houses involved. I personally can’t wait to see it!