10 Fun Facts You Should Know About Real Steel #RealSteel

Hugh Jackman has been one of my favorite actors since X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I actually love all of the X-Men movies, but I was giddy that Logan/Wolverine got his very own movie. To date, I’ve seen nearly all of Hugh Jackman’s movies, and I hear from a very reliable source (a fellow book blogger with an insane love for musical theatre) that he is also amazing to watch in Broadway shows. She even got to meet him briefly!

Now Hugh Jackman will be starring in a new Disney/DreamWorks film called Real Steel, which will be in theatres everywhere October 7th. I’ll be seeing it at an early screening in Los Angeles with a group of terrific mommy and daddy bloggers September 24th, so stay tuned to Simply Stacie for an early review!

There are 10 things we think you should know about Real Steel before you see it. And yes, once you know what they are, you’ll be wishing you had a time machine to take you straight into October!

1. In a futuristic world, human boxers have been replaced with robots in the ring, making for a truly intense experience. Shawn Levy (“Date Night”, “Night at the Museum”) directs.

2. Hugh Jackman’s character, Charlie Kenton, is one of those unfortunate boxers who became out of a job once the robots entered the ring. Now he is barely making ends meet by training robots to fight.

3. Each of the robots has his own look: different color schemes and even personalities. They range anywhere from 7’6” to 8’5” tall. They are modeled after the human form, but there is actually one robot in the movie that has two heads; his name is “Twin Cities”.

4. Each robot also has his very own sound effects. When a robot successfully punches his opponent, or even when he does regular movements, spectators know which robot it came from.

5. The LOST actress Evangeline Lilly, who stars as Bailey, never thought she’d accept a role in a film about boxing. Once she read the script, however, she was completely won over.

6. Dakota Goyo, a Toronto native, won the role of Max (Charlie Kenton’s son) in an international search in which thousands of other 10-year-old boys auditioned.

7. The robot boxing scenes were filmed using both motion-capture technology and full-sized robots. The motion-capture scenes were filmed months in advance in Los Angeles, and were then filtered through the cameras into an empty boxing ring during principal photography.

8. Sugar Ray Leonard is the film’s boxing consultant, and also Hugh Jackman’s trainer for his scenes in the ring.

9. Hugh Jackman’s costumes were designed by Marlene Stewart, and were inspired by fashion from the 1960’s. Look for a rugged Americana style and retro sunglasses.

10. There are two types of robot fighting in Real Steel. First, there’s the official league, whose acronym is WRB. The WRB has serious financial support from big corporations, and very strict rules to abide by. In the underworld, there are no rules; the robots fight to their deaths.

*Disney/DreamWorks is providing me with an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to attend an advance screening of Real Steel. All opinions expressed are my own.*


Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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