By Aly Semigran
Updated October 03, 2011 at 04:50 PM EDT
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Real Steel, Hugh Jackman‘s Merchant Ivory family-friendly boxing robot action flick, had its world premiere in Los Angeles Sunday. Jackman, along with his Real Steel co-stars Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, and youngster Dakota Goyo, as well as boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (who choreographed the moves of the robots through motion-capture animation), rapper 50 Cent (who is featured on the film’s soundtrack), and stars like Nikki Reed, Chord Overstreet, Rico Rodriguez, and of course, some robots, all hit the (very hot) red carpet yesterday for the movie’s premiere.

So what did the stars have to say about their big budget, big sparring robots flick? Well, that it’s heart may be the biggest thing of all. As Jackman told EW at the premiere, “The film is fantastic. I am so proud of it. And I have seen it with audiences of all ages around the world and everyone seems to really enjoy it. There is something in there for everyone.” And the actor, who plays a former boxer who builds and trains a boxing robot with his son (Goyo), emphasized to that aside from the obvious crowd-pleasers — the robots — audiences are getting caught up in the film’s romantic and familial storylines. “They connect to the heart of it,” he said. Watch:

Lilly mimicked Jackman, saying the emotional side of the film made her sign up. “I believe the strength of this film is in the heart of this film,” she said. Watch the rest of the clip, in which the Lost actress explains why the movie is “great big fun”:

While some laughed off Real Steel‘s central storyline when the project was first announced, could the film be a total box office knock-out when it hits theaters this weekend? It seems chatter around the picture has warmed in the past months. And how could it not? After all, it has all the elements of a crowd-pleasing sports movie… plus robots! It seems like Real Steel could be taking the spare parts from Transformers, which had plenty of robots but no trace of human emotion, and Warrior, which had no robots but plenty of fighting and heart, and turning them into one super uplifting robot movie. (In other words, watch out, WALL•E!)

Real Steel arrives in theaters on Friday, Oct. 7.

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(Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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