Hugh Jackman has finally made a film that gets the stamp of approval from his two children.
The actor might be best known for playing “X-Men’s” Wolverine (in movies that son Oscar, 11, daughter Ava, 6, have yet to see), but Hugh’s kids are all about giant boxing robots.
“This is the first time they’ve really connected with one of my films. I don’t let them watch ‘X-Men,’” Hugh told Access Hollywood at the “Real Steel” junket in Los Angeles on Saturday.
“Most of the time they don’t really ask me much about my job. They come on set, but it’s just dad, it’s normal,” he continued. “This is the first time they were like, ‘We love this!’ And they wanna take their friends. They have all the action figures. My son sleeps with Adam the robot.”
Hugh said that his son’s love of the “Real Steel” script helped seal the deal on him doing the movie.
“I read this script for the first time with my son… I was like being a bad parent and instead of reading ‘Tintin,’ I read ‘Real Steel’ and my son made me read it to him for the next 10 nights,” he explained. “So, I knew we were on to a winner then.”
Hugh also chatted with Access about his recent WWE appearance where he was seen going “Real Steel” on wrestler Dolph Ziggler’s face.
“It is scripted entertainment, but I gotta tell you, what goes on in that ring is real!” he told Access. “[Dolph] is looking at me saying, ‘You hit me man!’ He goes, ‘Don’t you embarrass me out there.’ So I take direction well.”
But did Hugh fracture Dolph’s jaw as the wrestler claimed on Twitter following the September 19 event?
“I think he’s exaggerating. Dolph likes to exaggerate,” Hugh said with a smile. “I did send him a case a beer afterwards. In Australia we have a beer after we fight.”
“Real Steel” bashes its way into theaters on October 7.