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!
Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, attended the annual Winter Antiques Show on January 20th. The 57-year-old event was held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City and served as a charity function. All money generated from purchases of antiques benefited the East Side House Settlement, a foundation which strives to help poverty-stricken South Bronx residents.
Public Appearances > 2011 > 01/20: 57th Annual Winter Antiques Show Opening Night
According to IndieWire, Hugh Jackman has allegedly been offered a role in the upcoming Guillermo del Toro adaptation of “At the Mountains of Madness,” by H. P. Lovecraft. There are a lot of casting rumors floating around this particular project – including both Tom Cruise and James McAvoy being offered parts – and nothing is yet set in stone.
Deadline also says that Cruise is attached to Guillermo del Toro‘s “At the Mountains of Madness,” but we checked with Cruise’s reps and while that might happen eventually too, currently he’s not officially on board that picture either. In fact, everyone seems to be mulling their options there as James McAvoy was offered a role (the same one as Cruise apparently) and neither has decided yet. Perhaps it’s a matter of schedules, because surely everyone wants to work with del Toro and producer James Cameron on that picture. Offers are also allegedly out to Ron Perlman and Hugh Jackman, but again these are just offers. Anyway, del Toro has basically already said his lucky charm Ron Perlman will be on board somewhere—apparently as Ian Larsen) and production sources in Toronto tell us “At the Mountains of Madness” is scheduled to shoot there in the summer.
Sounds like Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness might be returning back to Australia. According to Splash News, their children – Oscar and Ava – have asked to return back to the land down under. Reports are saying that Hugh has already started house-hunting in Mount Eliza, a Mornington Peninsula suburb in Melbourne. Below is an excerpt from a recent news article:
A friend of the family told Women’s Day magazine, “They want a good environment for the children and to be close to family and friends. They are a lovely couple with family in Melbourne. Education for their children is another reason they are looking at places there.”
Late last year, Furness admitted, “Do you know what my kids want for Christmas? To convince mum and dad to live in Melbourne.”