Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) Patrick Stewart, who plays "Professor X" in the X-Men movies and was visiting Taiwan on a promotional tour with Hugh Jackman, apologized to fans on Tuesday for not showing up at a scheduled event a day earlier.
On Tuesday morning, Jackman and Stewart attended a press conference to promote their new movie "Logan," a film which is likely the last time the duo will play Professor X and Wolverine on the big screen.
Before leaving Taiwan in the afternoon, Stewart told the press at Taipei Songshan Airport that he did not feel well after a long flight two hours before the meet-the-fans event at Taipei 101 fountain plaza last evening.
So he stayed at the hotel, skipping the scheduled appearance and disappointing nearly 1,000 fans, to whom he said he was truly sorry.
Stewart said he felt particularly bad after hearing Jackman say it was a great event. He signed autographs for fans seeing them off at the airport.
That was enough to move fan Ma Ko-tuo to tears. "I wasn't able to see him last night. Today I finally got to see him," Ma said.
Chia Ching-kuo, a 47-year-old man, shaved his head to meet "Professor X," who is bald in the movies, claiming that he was embracing "a mid-aged man's romanticism" by getting to meet his favorite movie star.
Jackman, who arrived at Songshan Airport ahead of Stewart, counted the fans there, signed autographs and took selfies with them, before saying "Xie Xie" (thank you) in mandarin and waving good-bye.
The two men then boarded a private jet to continue on the next leg of their promotional trip which takes them to Beijing.
(By Sabine Cheng and S.C. Chang)