Real Steel Videos: Hugh Jackman Woos WWE Wrestling Fans and Teaches a Robot How to Fight Like a Pro
09.23.11 by BJSprecher
In a somewhat unusual marketing stunt, superstar actor Hugh Jackman made a live appearance a few nights ago on the WWE Raw SuperShow to promote his new sci-fi sports movie, Real Steel. Jackman began by telling the tens of thousands of fans in the arena in Cleveland, Ohio (and the millions at home), that they would love the "ground and pound" action in Real Steel and then became part of the show when United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and WWE Diva Vickie Guerrero confronted him in the ring and berated him for interrupting Ziggler's celebration and for hyping robot fighters over "real live people." The dialogue is pretty bad and Ziggler and Guerrero give pretty typical pro-wrestling performances, but it's worth watching solely for Jackman's enthusiasm.
Real Steel is based on a short story from the '50s by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and takes place in the near future, when human boxers have been put out to pasture to make way for the robot boxers that now dominate the sport. Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a former fighter who has taken to promoting robot fighters to make a living. After discovering a junked robot with a unique "shadow function" that allows it to mimic the movements of a person, Charlie realizes that he can put his boxing skills to greater use by teaching the robot how to fight like a pro. In the new clip that was recently released, we see Charlie giving "Atom" one of his first boxing lessons.
Real Steel was written by John Gatins, from a story by Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven, and directed by Shawn Levy. The cast includes Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn and Olga Fonda.