Real Steel: New Featurette Showcases the Boxing Legend Behind the Robot Action
09.21.11 by BJSprecher
Touchstone Pictures has released a new featurette that offers a sneak peek behind the scenes of the robot boxing action in director Shawn Levy's (Date Night) new movie, Real Steel. Based on a short story from the '50s by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend), the movie stars Hugh Jackman
as a former fighter who is trying to make a living as a promoter of the robots who have taken over boxing.
In a previous featurette, it was revealed that boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard served as a fight consultant and choreographer during the making of the movie. The new featurette shows more of the training that went into turning Jackman into a contender — which included taking a few body blows from the champ — and includes commentary from Levy, Jackman and Leonard. "To have Sugar Ray teaching me," exclaimed Jackman, "and then to ultimately have a robot doing his moves...that's about as cool as it gets."
Real Steel was written for the screen by John Gatins, from a story by Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven. The cast includes Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn and Olga Fonda.