Hollywood descended on Picton today as Menangle Street transformed into a movie set for the filming of The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman.
Hundreds of people lined the street in hope of seeing Australia’s No 1 heart-throb.
Two semitrailers loaded with tree logs, flaked with fake snow, became props as Picton played a town in northern Canada’s Yukon region.
Amid the snow, American-style pick-up trucks, a Canadian police car and a campervan rounded out the scenery.
Jackman appeared shortly after 11am to the sound of Ted Nugent’s epic Cat Scratch Fever.
The star emerged through the doors of the town’s old hardware store as a group of hunters loaded their pick-up truck with bags and rifles, while drinking beer and revving each other up.
Then he did it again ... and again. The scene was shot half-a-dozen times and the hype grew as people climbed on rooftops to catch a glimpse of Jackman.
But it was Sepesa Tarogi of Picton who had the best seat in the house.
Mr Tarogi lives above the old bank and had a perfect view of the set, located on the corner of Argyle and Menangle streets.
‘‘I was excited,’’ Mr Tarogi said.
‘‘I’ve seen everything from this house.
‘‘It’s a beautiful place to shoot a movie, word has gotten around about Picton.’’
Wilton’s Christine Frame stood at the edge of the set, in front of a paparazzi photographer perched on an A-frame ladder, both straining to see Jackman.
‘‘The last exciting thing that happened in Picton was the Sydney Olympic Games when the torch came through,’’ Ms Frame said.
Other viewers had different motives. Christine Brown of Picton said: ‘‘I just want to catch a glimpse of him [Jackman] then go home ... I want something to make my daughter envious.’’