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‘Real Steel’ Star Hugh Jackman Is a Hip-Hop Fan

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Actor Hugh Jackman has revealed that he’s an avid hip-hop fan. Last year, while shooting his futuristic boxing flick ‘Real Steel,’ he and the film’s director, Shawn Levy, attended an Eminem concert and was blown away by his performance. Who knew Wolverine was down with hip-hop?

In an interview with NextMovie, Jackman says he has a newfound respect for artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre for being consummate professionals when it comes to their stage shows.
 Here’s an excerpt:

NextMovie: During the filming of ‘Real Steel’ I heard that you and director Shawn Levy went to an Eminem concert. There’s an Eminem song in the movie, and played in the trailer for ‘Real Steel.’ Can we assume that you two are big fans of his?

I think Eminem is extraordinary, and one of the greatest live acts I’ve ever seen. I’m a real fan of live music, but if I go to a concert and I feel that I’m just getting their CD, basically, played for me, it bores me. I would prefer to just listen to it. But he, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre: It was one of the most electrifying nights I’ve ever been a part of. I was actually ushered to this area and I went behind the stage and just watching Dr. Dre get ready to go onstage, it was kind of like watching a prizefighter getting ready for a big fight. There’s just so much that they put in to every song. And Eminem, he’s just, oh my God, he’s just the consummate performer. A professional. And everything comes from an honest place. Comes from his heart. That’s what I like about him.”

Fans seem to like Jackman also as ‘Real Steel’ knocked out the competition at the box office this past weekend. The action flick grossed over $27.3 million to become the No. 1 movie in America.

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