From the Red Carpet: Real Steel Premiere
19th September 2011
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From ‘Rocky’ to ‘The Fighter’, films about boxing seem to be sure-fire cinema hits. Amir Kahn, a British boxer who won silver at the 2004 Olympics, said “This film is something new and exciting. I think it’s really good publicity for the sport [of boxing], and I hope it will encourage people to take it up.” However, if you’re thinking of making a career in boxing, do be wary. Producer Susan Montford said “The film is set in approximately ten years time, and I think by then robots taking over boxing most definitely could happen”. Gathered around the 'blue' carpet' I am able to glimpse one of the boxing robots from new movie Real Steel, ‘Atom’, which was specially made using new technology for the film - the Avatar team were onboard so we shouldn’t be disappointed. We were even treated to a special appearance from ‘Titan’ the live robot, whose bizarre and impressive performance included squirting water from robotic eyes into unsuspecting members of the crowds and press alike. Real Steel is based on the 1956 short story ‘Steel’ by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). It follows the fate of failing boxer Charlie Kenton (Jackman) as he attempts to keep up with the game by training up a robot, in order to reclaim his former glory. Set in 2020, the robot sport is huge, and along his way Charlie faces many challenges: the reunion with his estranged son, played by Dakota Goyo, makes this film all about personal battles as well as robotic ones.
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