'I would love to work with Shah Rukh'

Oct 05, 2011, 08:56 IST | Disha Thakker

Hugh Jackman on his fascination with India, films and more...

Hugh Jackman on his fascination with India, films and more...

Your next -- Real Steel -- is yet another sci-fi futuristic film. Has this kind of become your pet genre?
Not really. It just happened that I was approached with the script and I liked it. While it is a futuristic film set in 2020, it is a future that is seemingly accessible to us. I am also a big sports fan, so the robot boxing idea really fascinated me.

Do you miss doing lighter roles?
Not really, because I am not away from them. I have done lighter stuff in the past and will be doing in the future as well.

How much of what we see on screen in movies like X-Men and Real Steel is real and how much is technology-generated?
X-Men is real to a very large extent besides the super futuristic stuff. Real Steel is as real as it can get. Special robots of around 2000 pounds and 8 feet tall were designed for the film. In fact, Steven Spielberg was himself involved in the designing of the robots.

You recently visited India. What was the experience like?
The experience was good. I visited Jaipur with my wife Deborra and I simply loved the place. I received so much warmth and love from the Indian people.

What do you think about India as a market for your movies?
I think it's a huge market; it has certainly has grown bigger over the years. I would like to believe that most of the X-Men films have done quite well in India and has a following as well. Also, the success of films like Slumdog Millionaire and Avatar only proves that it indeed is a huge market.

Any Indian actor you'd like to work with?
I would like to work with Shah Rukh Khan. I have seen My Name is Khan and I loved it.

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