August 23, 2011 10:13am PT by Rebecca Ford
Hugh Jackman Explains Robot Boxing in ‘Real Steel’ Featurette (Video)
Hugh Jackman lets viewers inside the fantastic world of robot boxing in a new featurette for Real Steel.
“We’re in the year 2020, and robot boxing is the biggest sport in the world,” explained Jackman.
Jackman appears in the featurette with director Shawn Levy (Date Night, Night at the Museum) and co-star Evangeline Lilly (Lost).
Jackman plays a former boxer, Charlie, whose career is invalidated by the rising popularity of boxing robots instead of real people. Charlie and his son set out to build a robot that can become a champion.
The featurette also gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the robot boxers, which were made through motion capture, choreographed by famous professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
“Shawn said to me, ‘How do you feel about Sugar Ray Leonard?’ I said, ‘Sure, why don’t we just go for the best,’” said Jackman.
The Dreamworks film will open in theaters on October 7, 2011.
Watch the featurette for Real Steel below: