Comic-Con 2011: Hugh Jackman talks ‘Real Steel,’ ‘Wolverine 2′

July 21, 2011 | 1:47 p.m.

Hugh Jackman answers questions from the crowd at a Comic-Con "Real Steel" event Thursday July 21, 2011. (Noelene Clark/Los Angeles Times)

Hugh Jackman answers questions from the crowd and throws out "Real Steel" toys at a Comic-Con "Real Steel" event Thursday July 21, 2011. (Noelene Clark/Los Angeles Times)

Hugh Jackman poses for pictures at a Comic-Con "Real Steel" event Thursday July 21, 2011. (Noelene Clark/Los Angeles Times)

The "Real Steel" swag items Hugh Jackman bestowed upon cheering crowd members at a Comic-Con "Real Steel" event Thursday July 21, 2011. (Noelene Clark/Los Angeles Times)

“Wolverine” star Hugh Jackman made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday  morning to promote his robot boxing movie “Real Steel,” answering questions and bestowing swag upon a cheering crowd.

In the film, Jackman plays a down-and-out former boxer 10 years in the future when the sport is no longer done by humans, but rather 2,000-pound robot gladiators, two of which Jackman showed off to the crowd at the event.

“The world of human boxing is being superceded by robots who box,” Jackman said. “They’re badass. They’re unbelieveable. They’re great. But the reason I love the story was the human element of it. It’s a father-son relationship.”

Jackman said his character, Charlie Kenton, goes on an emotional journey and compared “Real Steel” to classic sports movies.

“His son turns up on his doorstep, and the two of them go on this great journey through the world of  robot boxing,” he said. “I’ve got to tell you, when I grew up: ‘Chariots of Fire,’ ‘Rocky,’ ‘The Champ,’ ‘Hoosiers,’ these movies, I kind of love …. Well now I’m so excited because I’m in one of those movies.”

Jackman also talked about the much-anticipated “Wolverine” sequel, which seemed to be spinning its wheels after director Darren Aronofsky dropped the project. James Mangold is now slated to direct, and Jackman said it’s the movie he’s been waiting a decade to make.

“Ever since ‘X-Men 1′, I read those comics of the saga in Japan, and I kept saying, ‘Why can’t we do this one?’ ” Jackman said. “So, 10 years later, we are finally getting there.”

Jackman said filming for the sequel would start in October.

–Noelene Clark
Twitter.com/NoeleneClark

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