Hugh Jackman stars as Charlie in DreamWorks Pictures' "Real Steel" in US theaters 10/7/2011

Hugh Jackman stars as Charlie Keaton in DreamWorks Pictures' "Real Steel" in US theaters 10/7/2011 - ©DreamWorks - used with permission

Director Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum,” “Date Night”) and his production team are happy with their choice of Hugh Jackman (“X‐Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Prestige”)  in the lead role in DreamWorks Pictures’ “Reel Steel.” Both Jackman, Levy, and DreamWorks were eager to be a part of this unique story.    Hugh Jackman notes, “All my professional life I’ve wanted to be in a movie that affected me in the way ‘Rocky,’ ‘Chariots of Fire and ‘Dead Poets Society’ did when I was growing up. Those movies inspired me, got me jumping out of my seat, made me laugh and totally involved me emotionally. This is the realization of a dream for me. I feel we’ve made a movie that will entertain and inspire people in the way those movies did for me.”

It was the value of the project that drew Jackman to the role.  Jackman says, “What I loved first and foremost about the script is the father/son relationship and the idea that people who have made mistakes, who have regrets, can get a second chance, and they can become better people.

Jackman found the world in which the story is set intriguing.  The award-winning actor explained, “I loved the idea of the time period being not too far in the future. It’s a future that is seemingly accessible to us.”  He went on to explain, “Also, I’m a big sports fan, so the robot boxing idea fascinated me. And of course it’s a real underdog story with the person who has the most heart winning in the end. It’s definitely a feel‐good movie. And for me it was something different from what I’ve done before. Also, working with Shawn Levy was a no‐brainer. Shawn is just about the most positive, energetic and fun person to be around. The shoot was one of the most challenging and enjoyable I’ve ever had.”

"Real Steel" International 1-sheet Poster

"Real Steel" International 1-sheet Poster




Genre:                          Action-Drama

Rating:                          PG-13

U.S. Release date:        October 7, 2011

“Fight smart, be patient…and pray.”—Charlie Kenton