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Fans, Stars Gather for NYC Premiere of "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- An estimated 1,500 fans -- some of whom camped out Friday evening -- assembled at New York's Jacob Javits Center Saturday night for the global premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

ABC News Radio was on the grey carpet and spoke with some of the stars of the time-tripping film, including Hugh Jackman, who once again plays the clawed mutant Wolverine.

"[M]y character is sent back in time to try and prevent a disastrous, cataclysmic event in the future...but actually I'm kind of the last person who should go. He's not patient, the job he has to do is be conciliatory, to be a guard to be a mentor, so it's a big challenge for him. It was fun for me to play something different," Jackman said.

Jackman was sporting a Band-Aid on his nose, evidence of his second brush with basal cell carcinoma. He said he hoped fans could learn from his latest skin cancer scare.

"I should've worn sunscreen when I was a kid," the Australian expressed. "I don't want kids to be as stupid as me, and maybe they'll listen to Wolverine more than listen to teachers at school, y'know, and get check-ups, it's all preventable."

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence stunned with a floor-length Jason Wu dress that was blue, a sartorial callback to her character Mystique's naturally blue skin. The character, who can assume anyone's appearance, is key to the plot. "[T]his movie is kind of a battle over Mystique's soul," Lawrence told ABC News Radio. "[B]ecause it's an undetermined future we don't really...know if she's going to become the assassin that we as Rebecca Romijn's character [in the first X-Men movies], or if she's going to...go down a different path."

Patrick Stewart, who plays Professor Charles Xavier, returns to the series with his third Bryan Singer X-Men film. He told ABC News Radio he plays quite a different version of the character than fans have seen before: "He's fighting for survival and that's what sets this movie apart from all of the others....He has been a pacifier, a negotiator, a diplomat in the other movies. Always convinced there was alternative to violence -- but that has changed. It's gone."

X-Men: Days of Future Past, which also stars Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, and Michael Fassbender, opens May 23.

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