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Marsden goes from Cyclops to Easter Bunny?

01.25.2010

One day a director will figure out exactly what to do with an actor as talented as James Marsden. He was hamstrung almost right from the start with those Cyclops glasses in the X-MEN films. While he did the best he could, I never fully believed him as a father in Richard Kelly's THE BOX. The less said about 27 DRESSES, the better. And playing a cuckold to Superman in SUPERMAN LIVES didn't help. I think the closest he's gotten to really proving what he can do was, perhaps not coincidentally, in two musicals - ENCHANTED and HAIRSPRAY.

Sadly it seems that Marsden is still struggling to find the right roles. He's just signed on to star opposite Russell Brand in I HOP, a live-action/animation comedy from Tim Hill, the director of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS. In the film, Marsden will play a guy who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny (Brand) and is forced to nurse him to recovery. While Marsden will be live-action, I'm guessing the Easter Bunny will be some kind of mo-cap/animation mix played by Brand.

The film is being produced by Chris Meledandri for Universal, who are also teaming on the upcoming DESPICABLE, ME. While it's not the kind of role I'd wish for Marsden, I love that he's an actor who can go from filming a remake of STRAW DOGS to a kids movie about nursing the Easter Bunny back to health. Well played Jimmy.

Extra Tidbit: I know they make Sour Patch candy canes but do they have Easter eggs? Please say yes.
Source: THR

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2:15PM on 01/25/2010
The dude's totally underrated and I actually quite enjoyed him in The Box, but unfortunately even he is not enough to make see anything with Brand attached to it.
The dude's totally underrated and I actually quite enjoyed him in The Box, but unfortunately even he is not enough to make see anything with Brand attached to it.
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1:16PM on 01/25/2010
He should portray Ashton Kutcher in a biopic called Ashton Kutcher about the life of Ashton Kutcher, with a cameo by Ashton Kutcher playing Ashton Kutcher's doppelganger Aspen Couture. Demi Moore should also be in it playing Ashton Kutcher's mom.
He should portray Ashton Kutcher in a biopic called Ashton Kutcher about the life of Ashton Kutcher, with a cameo by Ashton Kutcher playing Ashton Kutcher's doppelganger Aspen Couture. Demi Moore should also be in it playing Ashton Kutcher's mom.
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11:40AM on 01/25/2010
I agree, he's a fine actor who deserves better roles. I remember years ago hearing he was the favourite to be Jesse Custer in the Preacher movie, which I thought made alot of sense.
I agree, he's a fine actor who deserves better roles. I remember years ago hearing he was the favourite to be Jesse Custer in the Preacher movie, which I thought made alot of sense.
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11:38AM on 01/25/2010
Well that just sounds hiiiiilarious.
Well that just sounds hiiiiilarious.
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10:39AM on 01/25/2010
hmmm
hmmm
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10:24AM on 01/25/2010
I don't want to be "that guy" but it's Superman Returns, not Superman Lives. And reading that plot only made me wonder what happened to that Roger Rabbit 2 talk a while back.
I don't want to be "that guy" but it's Superman Returns, not Superman Lives. And reading that plot only made me wonder what happened to that Roger Rabbit 2 talk a while back.
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10:09AM on 01/25/2010

Oh James

It really does suck. You can see in his performances that he's almost there...I remember a small crush on him from 'Disturbing Behavior'. Actually 'The 24th Day' was quite good. Oh, and yes, Sour Patch makes JellyBeans
It really does suck. You can see in his performances that he's almost there...I remember a small crush on him from 'Disturbing Behavior'. Actually 'The 24th Day' was quite good. Oh, and yes, Sour Patch makes JellyBeans
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10:06AM on 01/25/2010

Marsden

I love this guy! sadly he just doesn't seem to get a break from crappy films, with the exception of X-MEN, ENCHANTED and SEX DRIVE, he was fucking hilarious in that! I just hope soemone out there recognizes James Marsdes's talent and gives him the role that he deserves.

I think I HOP could be good for him though, it doesn't sound entrely bad and live action/CGI films are pretty big right now so I think/hope this gives him a break.
I love this guy! sadly he just doesn't seem to get a break from crappy films, with the exception of X-MEN, ENCHANTED and SEX DRIVE, he was fucking hilarious in that! I just hope soemone out there recognizes James Marsdes's talent and gives him the role that he deserves.

I think I HOP could be good for him though, it doesn't sound entrely bad and live action/CGI films are pretty big right now so I think/hope this gives him a break.
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9:38AM on 01/25/2010
Too bad. I met Marsden when I was an extra for "10th & Wolf," a movie that didn't get much attention. It wasn't a great film, but it wasn't a total turd either. But Marsden did a fine job as the lead role of it, even though Giovanni Ribisi stole the show.
Too bad. I met Marsden when I was an extra for "10th & Wolf," a movie that didn't get much attention. It wasn't a great film, but it wasn't a total turd either. But Marsden did a fine job as the lead role of it, even though Giovanni Ribisi stole the show.
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9:37AM on 01/25/2010

Two words....

SEX DRIVE! :-)
SEX DRIVE! :-)
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