DA MAN: You’ve been in quite a few movies that ask you to act with a non-existent presence, like Enchanted and Hop. What is the usual process for those kinds of shoots? Is there usually a stand in or something give you a sense of what to be looking at and reacting to?
James Marsden: As an actor it’s always better to have something or someone you can see and hear rather than having to imagine. Doing scenes opposite tennis balls on tripods or little pieces of green tape doesn’t really satisfy the artist in me. And it makes you feel a bit crazy, talking to nothing. But it’s a skill set that we have to have these days as more and more films incorporate digital elements.
DA MAN: Do you consider yourself a ‘stylish’ person?
James Marsden: I think I can be a stylish person when I choose to be, but I usually don’t make that choice. Although, even with my basic style, I try not to look like a bum. Good jeans, good shoes, good watch. As a guy, that’s all you really need to concentrate on.
DA MAN: You participated in the Nautica South Beach Triathlon in April to raise money for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Congratulations on your team coming in first! How hard did you train for that? Are you a naturally competitive person?
James Marsden: Thank you. I did not train much because I had been working in Vancouver for two months prior. But I was only doing the bike leg of the relay so it wasn’t too taxing. And I had some world class athletes on my team. That always helps. I like to say I’m not competitive until the gun fires, and then I’m the most competitive person you’ll ever meet.
White button down by Salvatore Ferragamo
DA MAN: Besides participating in triathlons, how else do you keep in shape? Are you pretty strict about your workout regimen?
James Marsden: I usually run or bike to stay in shape. I don’t eat junk but I don’t have a strict diet either. I drink mostly water, go for a run 3-4 times a week, and eat moderately healthy. That’s pretty much it.
DA MAN: Do you have any other upcoming project you could tell us about?
James Marsden: I am currently working on 2 Guns with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. Again, it’s been great to change gears and always try and do something different. I haven’t done an action film in a while. Father time does not wait and I definitely feel the pain of those “I can do my own stunts” moments now. But it’s been cool working with Mark and Denzel.
Photography Mitchell Nguyen McCormack
Styling Jeff Kim @ Margaret Maldonado Agency
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