PRESS STATEMENT FROM WALT DISNEY:
"As the opening of the action-adventure Real Steel approaches, DreamWorks Pictures shares some interesting fun trivia surrounding the film and its creation.
"Set in the near future, where robots have replaced boxers in the ring, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a financially strapped, risk-taking former boxer who now makes his living on an underworld robot boxing circuit, operating the metal pugilists that made his human profession obsolete.
The robots each have a distinctive look, personality and color scheme and range in size from 7'6" to 8'5" in height. Based on human form, they each have two legs, two arms, a torso and a head-with the exception of a two-headed bot aptly named "Twin Cities."
In addition to their distinctive personas, every robot has a specific sound personality. When a robot lands a punch there's a sound specific to his skeletal material, his mechanisms, his bulk and his mass and there's also an aura sound so that just merely by being turned on every robot has a whir or a whoosh or an engine hum or the sound or a computer.
Evangeline Lilly (Lost), who plays Bailey, never saw herself making a boxing film, but when she read the heartfelt script she was won over.
Filming the robot boxing scenes was done with both motion-capture technology and practical-built, full-scale robots. The motion-capture elements were performed and shot months earlier on a stage in Los Angeles. Fighters were put in the ring wearing data-capturing jumpsuits and as they fought, their motions were converted into robot avatars in the computer and instantaneously appeared on the monitors on set. Then, during principal photography, the filmmakers lined up their cameras on an empty ring and the motion-capture data streamed through their cameras, allowing them to watch and frame the robot fighting in the ring in real time.
In Real Steel there is a clear delineation between the two worlds of robot boxing. There is the official league (the WRB); it's corporate sponsored, with big money, sanctioned venues and strict rules. Then there is the underworld, which has unsanctioned venues, with no rules, no restrictions--the robots fight to the death.
"Opening soon across the Philippines in IMAX and regular theaters, Real Steel is a DreamWorks Picture to be distributed locally by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International."
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