HOLLYWOOD — Ten minutes into the screening of “Resurrecting the Champ” at the Academy on Aug. 22, the pic cut to Josh Hartnett with a black eye and then unexpectedly, the theater went dark.
Luckily, the technical glitch was quickly corrected, though the star wasn’t on hand to witness the gaff because he was making a movie in China. “I just think he ran out of women in the United States,” director Rod Lurie joked in his opening remarks.
At the after-party J.R. Moehringer, who wrote the Los Angeles Times piece on which “Champ” is loosely based, said, “There were moments when I was seeing a scene from my life up there.”
Samuel L. Jackson also drew from aspects of his own life for the film. When asked about the difficulties of creating the high and raspy voice used to play the former boxing champ, he simply replied, “That was easy, man. That was my grandfather’s voice.” — Byron Perry