X-Traordinary experience

X-Traordinary experience
X-Men: Days Of Future Past cast (from far left) Peter Dinklage, Fan Bingbing and Hugh Jackman at the movie premiere in Beijing.

Hugh Jackman showed up for the interview yesterday afternoon with small wounds on his nose.

"I had basal cell carcinoma, which is the most minor form of skin cancer. I had it taken out," he says.

He has said previously that being of English extraction and growing up in Australia, the threat of skin cancer is an everyday concern for him and other Australians of Northern European descent.

In the morning, he went to a local clinic to have the surgical stitches removed. The doctor opened the clinic for the 45-year-old actor at a very early hour of 6.30am.

"I'm very grateful to him and I've invited him and his staff to the premiere tonight so if you see a whole row asleep, it's probably them," he says at the press meet at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.

The premiere is for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which opens in Singapore next Thursday.

In it, he plays Logan, also known as the indestructible mutant Wolverine, who travels back in time to 1973 to deal with events surrounding a weapons scientist Trask, played by Peter Dinklage, who is also in Singapore, along with Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.

In the movie, she plays the mutant Blink, who has the power of teleportation.

After the clinic visit, the Australian actor dropped in to have breakfast at a Ya Kun Kaya Toast cafe in China Square.

"Singapore is famous for its food, right? I had eggs and kaya toast. I think I had my yearly intake of butter this morning. It was fantastic," he says, grinning.

He walked into the kitchen to thank the crew, who seemed to be puzzled by the fuss over coconut jam and toast, he says with a laugh.

There are a few more X-Men and Wolverine movies left in him, and Jackman admits that it will be tricky to reconcile his own ageing with the fact that the character of Logan seems to stay the same age.

"Some people think he's immortal. He's not, he just heals quickly. He does age, just a lot slower than me," he says.

"It was interesting. We shot the future stuff, where my make-up seemed to take about three minutes," he says.

But for the scenes in which Logan is sent back to 1973, "my make-up seemed to take an hour. It will give you an idea of how hard it was to make me look younger", he says.

"There is a comic book called Old Man Logan and I am rapidly approaching that," he says.

Chinese actress Fan also had to spend time getting the right look. Four hours, to be exact, to look like the comic book character of Blink, the mutant with the ability to teleport across space.

Fan had to sport green contact lenses and red hair, in addition to the skin makeup. "It was very difficult for me," she says.

She had to spend two months in Montreal for the shoot on this, her first major Hollywood studio project in which she appears internationally.

Fan, who is one of China's most popular stars, had a brief appearance playing a nurse in last year's Iron Man 3, but the four-minute sequence, set in China, was spliced into the China-only version of the movie.

To ease her longing for her home in Beijing, she scoured Asian supermarkets for spicy instant noodles, she says.

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