Dakota is sacrificed to Hollywood.
Dreamworks has been searching for some bright-eyed, innocent young person to fill the role of Hugh Jackman’s son in Real Steel, and rascal Dakota Goyo emerged “victorious.” He’s not to be confused with Dakota Fanning, the states of North and South Dakota, or the Dakota Reach-Around, this thing that Wookie does. From THR:
DreamWorks, making its first movie under its deal with Disney, issued a public casting call in early February. It also conducted open auditions in Chicago and New York, looking for someone to play a “street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit beneath.”
And they had to go to Canada to find him. What, there aren’t enough punkass little sh*ts in America to fit your desired Jackman spawn? Gimme five days and I’ll give any kid you pick an untrusting outer shell. …The warm, enthusiastic spirit underneath I cannot guarantee.