Taipei, Feb. 27 (CNA) Hugh Jackman, who plays the role of "Wolverine" in the X-Men movie series, was surrounded by nearly 1,000 fans Monday when he showed up at an event to promote his new movie "Logan."
As soon as Jackman arrived at 6:30 p.m. at the event's venue, the Taipei 101 fountain plaza, he was overwhelmed by passionate fans who held up self-made billboards, posters and balloons in the shape of the Wolverine character.
It took him 30 minutes to walk down the red carpet, during which he happily interacted with fans -- including signing autographs and taking selfies.
"Ni hao, wo ai ni (Hello, I love you)," Jackman said in Mandarin to greet the huge crowd after taking the stage.
In Taiwan for the second time, Jackson said he was surprised and happy to see so many fans come out to see him.
He said he was impressed by Taiwan's development and modern infrastructure but said the people here have not changed.
Jackman also had a good conversation with the event's host, who introduced him to several types of Taiwanese street food, such as pig's blood cake and stinky tofu.
After learning about the stinky tofu, Jackman joked that the snack might just smell like the room of his 16-year-old boy.
Asked which super power he would like to have, Jackman said it would be the power to teleport himself from place to place so that he could enjoy time in Taiwan one moment and then be back home with his son the next.
Patrick Stewart, who has played "Professor X" in the X-Men series and is in Taiwan along with Jackman, was scheduled to attend the event but later canceled. No reason was given for his absence.
On Tuesday morning, Jackman and Stewart are scheduled to attend a press conference to promote the film, which is expected to be the final time the duo play the superhero Marvel Comics characters on the big screen.
After their three-day stay in Taiwan, they will continue their promotional tour in Beijing.
(By Sabine Cheng and Lee Hsin-Yin)