Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Real Steel: Sugar Ray Leonard talks Boxing choreography for the film, with HitFix.com

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The incredibly lucky, ok he’s worked for it, Drew McWeeney got to interview the boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard about his involvement in the increasingly anticipated, Hugh Jackman starrer, Real Steel.

Real Steel. Featurette for the adaptation of Richard Matheson’s Twilight Zone, Starring Hugh Jackman.

It’s been a massive year for motion capture. With the extraordinary detail of Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar in Planet of The Apes leading to genuine talk about best actor (and bizarrely best supporting actor) nominations for various top awards; Real Steel offers a slightly different look at the amazing advances in the technology. I’ve been very impressed by the fluidity of movement I’ve seen some of the fighting robots display and I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that Sugarr Ray was the man behind the choreography for real boxers in Mo-Cap suits. Ever since I’ve been hoping to see an interview with the living legend himself, and here it is: Courtesy of Drew McWeeney, (ex Morriarty of AICN) and his current employer Hitfix.com.

For those who don’t know who Mr Leonard is and if his parents really called him Sugar, here’s a tiny bit of background. He was born in 1956 and won world titles in boxing at 5 (yes FIVE) different weight classes. Named ‘Ray Charles Leonard after singer ‘Ray Charles’, he is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time and his record makes it hard to argue with that.

Real Steel is loosely based on the Short story and Twilight Zone Episode (Season 5) 'Steel', written by Richard Matheson and starring Lee Marvin.   Matheson's most famous works include the novel I Am Legend (Which has been filmed 3 times), The story 'The Shrinking Man" (effectively filmed at least twice) and his various Twilight Zone Episodes, notoriously 'Nightmare at 20,000 feet; where William Shatner is terrorised by a gremlin on his airplane's wing). It may work better to think of this as a separate story that takes place in the same world as Steel; maybe even a few years later as there are major differences.

Twilight Zone episode Steel

“A gritty, white-knuckle, 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 brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.”

Sugar Ray is NOT the man in the cool Marvel T-Shirt...


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