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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ movie mania hits Orchard Road

By Zaki JufriMovies - 14 May 2014 11:52 PM | Updated 16 May 2014

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ movie mania hits Orchard Road

It was Hollywood red-carpet mayhem in Singapore on 14 May 2014, thanks to the premiere of movie blockbuster ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. 

Hundreds of “mutants” of all shapes and sizes packed the Urban Plaza at Shaw House on Wednesday evening.

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Peter Dinklage happily poses for photos with fans. Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters

The fans, some from as far as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as die-hard fans from Singapore, all thronged the Orchard Road shopping belt to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars at the Southeast Asia premiere of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’.

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And they were not disappointed as Hollywood A-listers Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage and Fan Bingbing rewarded them with autographs and selfies. 

Jackman returns as Logan/Wolverine while Chinese model and actress Fan plays new mutant character Blink.

The Chinese actress, who received the loudest cheers as she gamely posed for selfies and signed autographs, is the first Chinese star to get a role in the X-Men franchise.

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"I'm a huge fan of the 'X-Men' movies. I was very shocked and surprised when I found out that I was cast in my role as Blink, because it was going to be a new experience and a whole new journey for me," Fan told inSing.

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing posing for a picture. She is the first Chinese actress to star in the X-Men franchise. Photo: Edgar Su / Reuters

‘Games of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage plays Bolivar Trask, a villain in the movie.

Singapore is the only pit stop for the film superheroes in this region.

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Other promotional city tours include London, Sao Paulo, Melbourne and Beijing.

HARDCORE FANS

Jamie Chang, 26, and Andrea Tan, 35, (pictured above) flew all the way from Malaysia to rub shoulders with the trio at the fan event.

Dressed as characters Gambit and Beast respectively, Chang and Tan were excited to be in thick of the action.

“I’m a loyal fan of the series for the past 10 years and have been following the comics and animated series,” Chang said.

“A lot of people have been waiting for this movie for quite a while and I’m sure it will blow (the franchise) out of the water,” Tan gushed. “This movie definitely sets the standards for future X-Men movies and we will undoubtedly see good things from the series after this.”

When it comes to movie-fandom, no other type of fans are as fervent and dedicated as those who follow the stories of comic-book superheroes. When Singaporean Leonard Lim, 23, found out that the movie was hosting an event here, he gathered other like-minded friends to prepare costumes for the event.

Lim dressed as character Deadpool, while his friends came as the rest of the X-Men including characters such as Rogue, Magneto, Wolverine, Jubilee.

“The after-credits of ‘The Wolverine’ hyped me up for this movie and it didn’t let me down. It is undeniably better than all the other X-Men movies combined,” Lim said of the movie.

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Hugh Jackman and Fan Bingbing take photos as Peter Dinklage (left) waves to fans. Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters

WOLVERINE TO THE RESCUE, AGAIN

Directed by Bryan Singer, the movie is set in a fictitious future where an army of killer robots known as Sentinels has almost succeeded in wiping out all mutants and their human supporters, leaving Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his longtime friend/nemesis, Erik Lensher/Magneto (Ian McKellen), to seek refuge with their few remaining allies in a remote safe house in China.

Their last hope is Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), whose powers include the curious ability to transport a person’s consciousness through time. Professor X and Magneto propose that she sends Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 in order to undo certain key events and thereby erase the Sentinel programme from history.

"Wolverine is a pretty heroic guy," Jackman quipped.

"What I love about him is that he is a bit of a tragic hero. It's never all rosy for Wolverine. In this movie, you will get to see a whole different side to him. I really love being in this movie and being able to play something different," Jackman told inSing Movies.

Hugh Jackman signing autographs at the Southeast Asia premiere of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'. Photo: Edgar Su / Reuters

The actor who arrived Wednesday morning got a taste of local food that was, surprise surprise, not chilli crab. He had a traditional kopitiam (coffee shop) breakfast of half-boiled eggs, kaya toast and coffee at the Far East Square branch of Ya Kun Kaya Toast. 

“I absolutely love kaya toast,” Jackman exclaimed, “I like to try new things when I’m in a new city. I will certainly try to have coconut jam (kaya) and butter with my toast next time at home.”

This is the first time the actor is in Singapore.

“Of all the cities I’ve travelled to promote the X-Men all these years, Singapore is one of the most exciting.”

But of course.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ opens in cinemas 22 May 2014 

 

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  • X-Men: Days Of Future Past

    (2014)
  • Rated
    PG13 /
    Genre
    Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Language
    Eng
  • (7 Reviews)