I am the last person who decides which film I go see based on an actor or actress – I could care less. If the person performs well then great. Jackman has done some incredible work. His portrayal of Wolverine is spot on while his other sci-fi/fantasy work in Van Helsing and The Fountain is excellent. I especially loved his portrayal as a heartbroken man in The Fountain. Perhaps this performance, being different from many of his others I have seen, is the reason I liked it so much.
In Real Steel, he plays Charlie Kenton, a boxer who is out of a job because robots have taken the place of people in the ring. He then works with his son on creating a robot contender for the championship. Some interesting ideas and I can certainly see Jackman excelling in this part. I will go see it for the robots and will no doubt remember my days coaching the Blue Bomber in my Rock'em Sock'em Robots years. I do sense there will be an excellent family story in the middle of all this and I look forward to this.
A sequel is already planned if the film knocks out the competition.
It also looks like Jackman will reprise Wolverine in the proposed 2013 movie – The Wolverine.