Eddie The Eagle stars Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton turn into selfie kings in Seoul

Taron Egerton in Korea promoting Eddie The Eagle on March 7, 2016.
Taron Egerton in Korea promoting Eddie The Eagle on March 7, 2016.ST PHOTO: YIP WAI YEE

"Selca", or the Korean slang term for selfie, was the hottest word at the Seoul red carpet event for Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton's new movie Eddie The Eagle.

As soon as the two dashing stars showed up on the red carpet at the IFC Mall on Monday evening, hundreds of eager fans made up of mostly teenage girls screamed for their attention to take "selcas". 

Australian A-lister Jackman, 47, and rising Welsh star Egerton, 26, happily obliged, making sure to wave up to the fans standing even two floors up. 

The two actors were in Seoul to promote their latest film Eddie The Eagle, a feel-good movie based on the life of Michael "Eddie" Edwards, a British skier who became the first to represent his country in ski-jumping at the 1988 Olympics, despite his lack of proper training and the little faith that people had in his awkward ways. Egerton plays the titular role while Jackman plays his coach. 

Egerton, who is best known for starring in the hit spy comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) urged his fans to watch the new movie, even though his new role is nothing like his claim to fame character: "Eddie might not be as dashing as (my character) Eggsy (in Kingsman), but he's really quite lovable. I hope you'll fall in love with him just the same when you watch the movie."