I have much respect for Dakota Goyo! Truth be told, the child actor stole “Real Steel” from Hugh Jackman and he is one of the main reasons I’m recommending the movie 100%! He has been working virtually all of his life, yet, Dakota remains grounded, but he truly loves what he does! And he goes to a regular school and he says he doesn’t bring this “acting stuff” with him back home. Smart kid!
In the movie, Dakota plays Max, Jackman’s character’s estranged son. He awakens the fighting spirit of his wayward father. Dakota reminds me of a young Ricky Schroder from “The Champ.” And sure enough, there’s a scene in “Real Steel” where his character chants “champ, champ, champ” and I was in tears. (Read my "Real Steel" movie review right here)
In this interview, we talked about:
*** His interest in the character Max
*** The audition process – he auditioned 4 times!
*** Bonding with Hugh Jackman
*** The biggest challenge as an actor in “Real Steel”
*** The “Real Steel” Robots!
*** Who is his favorite bot?
*** Atom, the magical bot!
*** The dancing scenes between Max and Atom
*** Dakota is really proud of this movie!
*** Will his friends watch “Real Steel?”
*** And then he teaches me the robot dance he and Atom performed in the movie!
Here's more info on "Real Steel" from Yahoo:
In the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
Also Known As: Real Steel: The IMAX Experience
Logline: In the near future, a bot boxing manager and his son take their 2000-pound robot fighter to the box boxing championships.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Sports
Running Time: 2 hrs. 7 min.
Release Date: October 7th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, intense action, and brief language.
Distributors: DreamWorks Pictures
Cast and Credits
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen
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