‘Rocky’ inspires Hugh Jackman

October 17th, 2011 - 4:45 am ICT by IANS  

Sylvester Stallone London, Oct 17 (IANS) Actor Hugh Jackman says he was inspired by the music of Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky”, when he was getting fit for the role as a boxer in “Real Steel”.

“My favourite boxing movie is a documentary called ‘When We Were Kings’, which I would put in my top 10 of all time, but I love all the ‘Rocky’ movies. I’ll be honest, and I know it’s corny, but I listen to the ‘Rocky’ theme when I’m training,” Jackman told Bang Showbiz.

“Real Steel’ director Shawn Levy also admits that the “Rocky” movies played a part in the way he made the film, despite not holding them all in high regard, reports contactmusic.com.

“I didn’t go into it thinking of it as a homage to any single movie, I love sports movies and I always have, specifically the ‘Rocky’ movies. Not only the first one, where as a filmmaker I am supposed to revere and do - but even the pulpier, slightly crappier ones, like three and four - I love them too!

“You can laugh about it, but that rousing, escapist, underdog story, I loved it when I was a young teenager and I love it now. I re-watched all of them when preparing for this movie, and it still works for me.

“So in that regard, I really do believe that a well-made, engaging, underdog sports movie can be as compelling for adults as it can be for kids, so the goal was to make a movie that would appeal to both of those levels.”

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