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"X-Men: Days of Future Past" cast thrill Singapore fans

Singapore's famous shopping belt was transformed into a battlefield of sorts on Wednesday as the cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" thrilled local fans.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's famous shopping belt was transformed into a battlefield of sorts on Wednesday, as the cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" thrilled local fans.

Shaw House played host to the stars in a prelude to the Southeast Asia premiere of the film.

Fans of the comic-turned-movie franchise turned out in numbers to welcome the cast.

Peter Dinklage and Fan Bing Bing were greeted by some 4,000 Marvel enthusiasts as they made their way down a so-called "blue carpet".

But the loudest cheers were reserved for Hugh Jackman, who plays Wolverine in the superhero flick.

The Australian superstar revealed that he samples the local culture whenever and wherever he travels.

In Singapore, it involves heading to a coffee shop for a local culinary favourite.

Jackman said: "My rule is this. I want to do something in the city that I can only do in that city. And I'm sorry, in New York, you cannot get good kaya toast. I'm going to try, except at my place. I'm going to take a whole slab of butter, put it between two pieces of toast, and put on some coconut jam."

Jackman has played Wolverine seven times to date.

And according to him, there's always something new about the character.

For arguably the first time, fans will see a different Wolverine.

Jackman said: "Instead of the warrior, the berserker, the rage and the anger, he's got to become the calmer, pacifist sort of diplomat. And I love playing something different and seeing a different side to him and playing with his cast was incredible."

Another first: an Asian face in the X-Men franchise.

Fan Bing Bing plays Blink, a mutant who can teleport at will.

And while on the topic of firsts, she said she would love to, one day, work in a Singapore production.

She said: "There are many good actors in Singapore. I've shot films with Fann Wong before, and she's a good friend of mine. Plus, she's beautiful.

"There are also many young directors in Singapore who have lots of talent. I would like to work with them if the opportunity arises."

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" will be released in theatres in Singapore next Thursday.
 

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