“I’ve got the thing for us”: Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel Might Have Never Happened if Wolverine Star Didn’t Ask a ‘Stranger’ for a Phone Charger

Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy became fast friends over a chance meeting looking for a phone charger

Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel Might Have Never Happened if Wolverine Star Didn’t Ask a ‘Stranger’ for a Phone Charger

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  • Hugh Jackman came into prominence after he was cast as Logan/Wolverine in the X-Men movies in 2000.
  • Jackman and Levy first met at an airport when the former needed a phone charger, and they bonded over their shared experience in the industry.
  • They became fast friends and eventually worked together on the film Real Steel (2011).
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Hugh Jackman has been acting since the early 90s, but his foray into movies really happened when he was cast as Logan/ Wolverine in the X-Men movies, all the way back in 2000, with the movie X-Men. Before that, he had already made a name for himself in theatres as well as Australian TV shows.

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Hugh Jackman in X-Men
Hugh Jackman in X-Men

Jackman is currently gearing up for his upcoming venture, Deadpool 3. The third installment of the Merc with the Mouth will see both Deadpool as well as Wolverine being inducted into the MCU. Director Shawn Levy and Jackman’s best frenemy, Ryan Reynolds, are all set to bring the movie to the theaters.

But did you know that this is not the first time Jackman will be working under Shawn Levy’s direction?

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The Tale of a Phone Charger and a Stranger

By the time the two accomplished personalities first met, Shawn Levy was already an accomplished director – with movies like Night at the Museum and the Pink Panther remake under his belt. Hugh Jackman, too, had already established himself as an accomplished actor with superhero movies like X-Men as well as more serious movies like The Prestige.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Logan
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Logan

Both were familiar with each other and their work, and the first time they met – at an airport – it was easy to get the conversation going. Jackman needed a phone charger, and Levy had one, which got the two talking. Jackman said in a conversation with EW,

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“I didn’t have anything; my phone was about to run out. I asked Shawn [for a charger], and we never stopped talking and became friends. We hung out, and it was like, ‘We’ve got to find something to do together.’ Everyone had already said that to me because we were in the same worlds a lot: the Fox studio, [Chairman Tom] Rothman, and all those people. I remember, finally, Shawn said, ‘I’ve got it. I’ve got the thing for us.'”

They soon became friends and were looking forward to working with each other.

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How ‘Something’ Turned to Real Steel

As their conversation continued in a busy airport, Shawn Levy and Jackman’s friendship blossomed as well. Being familiar with the other’s filmography, they both wanted to work with each other. And that soon turned into Real Steel (2011).

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Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy

Jackman recounted,

“We never stopped talking and became friends. We hung out, and it was like, ‘We’ve got to find something to do together.'”

He further continued how Levy finally told him about the movie,

“I remember, finally, Shawn said, ‘I’ve got it. I’ve got the thing for us.'”

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Levy, too, remembered how he pitched the movie to the actor, saying,

“Let’s do a f—ing cool-as-hell boxing-robot action movie, but let’s actually use that as a Trojan horse for a father-son movie.”

The movie, though, it did not open to thunderous reception, went on to gain a pretty good following in the years to come with its feel-good and positive vibes. Real Steel is available for streaming on Fubo TV.

Swagata Das

Written by Swagata Das

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Swagata works as a Senior Features Editor at FandomWire. Having previously worked as a Content Writer, her passion for everything pop culture became her true calling as she now works with a global team of writers to brainstorm unique, groundbreaking ideas. Having done her Masters in English Literature, Swagata is a self-professed K-Pop addict with an affinity to work her charms on unsuspecting friends to induct them into the fandom cult.