Yesterday the movie Real Steel came out in theaters and there is undoubtedly a strong father/son relationship aspect in the film. It’s basically Rockem Sockem Robots, with heart. If you are trying to decide which movie to see or what to do on a rainy weekend, Real Steel is a great choice. I’ve seen it twice and both times it was outstanding.
An action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
Here are some “Real” daddy moments brought to you by Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman and Anthony Mackie!
Anthony Mackie: I have a 2 year old son. You know what? He’s a pretty self-sufficient kid. You know, he’s like he’s a great kid he makes you want more. It’s just now he’s getting to the point where he has his own thoughts. So, I’m like do what I say. Not what you want. So, it’s like eat something.
I mean who you saying no to, man? You better come over here and eat.
“I don’t wanna eat!”
I don’t care what you want. You know, ‘cause I ain’t getting up in a hour when you tell me you hungry. This is me and a two year old.
So, nah, but, you know, it’s important. And you see it with a lot of different actors, they get to a certain point in their careers where, you know, you look — you, you marry and you have a family and you wanna do things so that your kids can see what daddy or mommy does, you know. And, you know, my kids — I mean he’s a boy. You know, it’s like I’m sleep and he comes over and he punches me in the face. And that’s a boy, you know. Um, it’s really weird. So, you know, I showed him the commercial and he was just like… So, I’m excited for him to see the movie.
Hugh Jackman: So I have an eleven year old boy and a six year old — I’m gonna take you back a little ’cause when I read the script, I — I’m not proud of this moment. But I had the script for three days. And I was busy. You know, what it’s like. Leave home. So you get it and dad’s. And so I was busy and then my agent rang and said, “Shawn’s actually flying into New York for another thing and wants to meet with you in the morning for breakfast to discuss the script.”
And I was like, “No problem.” And it was like…. And I was just about to read to my son. I had just read to my daughter. He loves Tin-Tin. So He goes, “Dad, can we read Tin-Tin?” And I said, “Oh, how about we read this Real Steel story. It’s called “Real Steel” about robots. And he was like, “Really?” A script — like he was — he’s not interested in my job at all, right. So I said, “Well I’ll read a few pages.” And he goes, “Alright.” So my son always draws while I read. So I’m reading. I’m getting into the script and I went, oh, Oscar. And I looked up. He’s like, “Go on, go on, go on, go on.”
Like he was so into it. And then he made me read the script to him every night for like ten nights — at least ten nights in a row. And he goes, “You keep reading more. Read more. And then can we get back to the beginning. And what about the….” He loved this script. And he sat next to me in the film. And it’s the first time I’ve ever taken my kids to a film, right ’cause none of my films have really been applicable I thought for them.
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