I never thought the words “thank you Kirk Cameron” would ever pass through my lips, but there you go. The Hollywood Urban Legend goes that a young James Marsden was vacationing in Hawaii with his family when he met the 80’s sitcom star. An invitation from Kirk to visit Los Angeles proved to be the momentous beginning to what’s becoming an increasingly exciting career for the Oklahoma native.
We profiled James when the site first started a-way back when. Turns out our predication that he was One2Watch4 was a sound one. We do occasionally get it right. It was time to blow the dust off and update you on what James has been up to recently. After his “eye-catching” turn as Scott Summers in the first two X-Men films (and beyond disappointing disappearance in the third) James scored some great parts in big movies like Superman Returns (2006) and the film version of the Broadway musical of the cult classic film Hairspray (2007). But it was his comedic roles in Enchanted (2007) and 27 Dresses (2008) that put Marsden into a higher tax bracket, so to speak and got him some excellent exposure.
James has three attention-grabbing movies in the works. The Box, set to be released on October 30th is Donnie Darko (2001) director Richard Kelly’s next venture into the creepy with James and Cameron Diaz playing a couple who have to make a difficult life-changing decision. Filming soon is the American re-make of the cult-classic Straw Dogs (1971) where James plays a writer who comes to a rural southern town and doesn’t exactly get along with the neighbors. Speaking of re-makes, James is part of the ensemble in the American update of Death at a Funeral (2007, if you haven’t seen the original, rent it this weekend!). And finally Marsden is part of the impressive cast chosen by controversial director David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees – 2004, Three Kings – 1999) in his next project called Nailed. It’s a very exciting future for our guy here.
And to think this was all made possible by “Mike Seaver”.
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