A first look at Hugh Jackman's Real Steel

We knew that Jackman was playing a washed-up fighter who trains a promising droid to compete in the World Robot Boxing League — but we didn't quite realize he'd be standing there, Mickey-style, in an automaton's corner.

You know, actors face lots of challenges in conveying a fictional reality. Sometimes the script isn't up to par, or the costar has had so much plastic surgery they can barely blink, or the director thinks the key to your bad-ass vampire slayer is a big floppy hat. And then there are the days you have to scream at a non-sentient piece of scenery to "get back in there and knock his block off."

Good on ya, Mr. Jackman. Keep fighting the good fight.

A first look at Hugh Jackman's Real Steel

Synopsis:

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, "Real Steel" stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, 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 (Dakota Goyo) 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.