‘Real Steel’ gives us an excuse to run Hugh Jackman pictures

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The Ministry rarely meets a Hugh Jackman photo it doesn’t like -- so why should a pic of Jackman acting with an oversized robot boxer be any different?

In ‘Real Steel,’ Jackman plays an out-of-work fighter who, with his estranged son, grooms a junkyard robot boxer as a contender in the new, no-humans-allowed league. The film will use motion-capture animation for the robot-on-robot brawling action, but in live-action scenes -- which started shooting Monday -- the human actors get to interact with 19 real-life animatronic creations.

Oddly, some people’s eyes are drawn first to -- get this -- the robots.

‘There are some things only visual effects can pull off,’ director Shawn Levy told USA Today. ‘But when you give an actor a real thing, in this case a real 8-foot-tall machine, to interact with and do dialogue opposite, you get a more grounded reality to the performance.’


After the break, we offer a photograph of Jackman in an on-set discussion with ‘Night at the Museum’ director Levy. Pay careful attention to the character-specific concerns made obvious by the flex of Jackman’s left bicep, presented here purely for purposes of artistic analysis.

The DreamWorks film is due to be released November 2011.

-- Christie D’Zurilla

Top photo: Hugh Jackman in the ring with Noisy Boy at an underground robot brawl.

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