Noor Ashikin Abdul Rahman
The New Paper
Wednesday, May 05, 2014
Next stop: Singapore.
The year is proving to be a turning point, with Hollywood fixing its eyes on our tiny island and heading our way to promote blockbusters and shoot movies. The increasingly high-wattage celebrity sightings have also caused quite a stir.
These include The Amazing Spiderman cast including Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx, Star Trek star Zachary Quinto and Homeland actor Rupert Friend.
Twilight actresses Kristen Stewart and Nikki Reed, Jack The Giant Slayer heart-throb Nicholas Hoult and the X-Men: Days of Future Past cast -- consisting of Hugh Jackman, Fan Bingbing and Peter Dinklage -- will also land here in the coming months.
Films that have name-dropped Singapore
1 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN SERIES
The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow: "Clearly you've never been to Singapore."
Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Jim Cody Williams as a fisherman: "Singapore, that's what I heard. Drunk with a smile on his face. Sure as the tide, Jack Sparrow... will turn up in Singapore."
At World's End (2007)
Chow Yun Fat as pirate lord Sao Feng: "Welcome to Singapore."
2 BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
Michael Caine as Bruce Wayne/Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth: "We order the main part of this cowl from Singapore..."
3 KING KONG (2005)
Jack Black as scheming filmmaker Carl Denham: "You said we were shooting in Singapore, right? That's what you told her?"
4 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (2014)
Dane DeHaan as Peter Parker/Spider-Man's frenemy Harry Osborn: "After graduation, I went to Brazil, then Singapore, and then Europe, you know?"
Movies that have either held promotional events or were filmed in Singapore
Saint Jack filming (1979)
Who came: Actor Ben Gazzara and director Peter Bogdanovich.
Rogue Trader filming (1999)
Who came: Actor Ewan McGregor and director James Dearden
Vanilla Sky premiere (2001)
Who came: Actors Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz and director Cameron Crowe
Larry Crowne premiere (2011)
Who came: Actor Tom Hanks
The Green Hornet press conference (2011)
Who came: Actor Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry
Battle of the Damned filming (2013)
Who came: Actor Dolph Lundgren and director Christopher Hatton