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James Marsden: I'm Just a Goofy Nerd Despite My Model Face!

James Marsden: I'm Just a Goofy Nerd Despite My Model Face!

James Marsden is smoldering hot on the cover of Out magazine‘s September 2013 issue, on newsstands August 20.

Here is what the 39-year-old The Butler actor had to share with the mag:

On his good looks: “I know I have a face like a model. But I’m actually just a goofy drama nerd underneath.”

On the types of roles he looks for: “I’m actually less comfortable being the smoldering hot guy. I’d rather play a goofball or a rube than a steamy leading-man role. I’ve never been that guy – I was a skinny loner in high school.”

On thinking The Notebook would fail: “I never set out to make a bad movie. Some movies just turn out bad, and I want to scream, ‘Why did you pick that take?!’ Then there are some movies that I’ve been in that I was sure people would laugh at, that have become huge. I thought The Notebook was going to be a schmaltzy Movie of the Week”type thing, and here we are!”

On turning down Magic Mike: “So far, I’ve been incredibly fortunate in the roles I’ve been offered. Sometimes I worry that I’ll stop getting offered these ‘break in case of emergency’ sell-out parts.”

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  • Brittany

    “I know I have a face like a model.” You also have an ego that rivals that of the antichrist’s father, Kanye West. I little humility would be good Jimmy.

  • Ivanna

    So cocky it is disgusting… sorry but you’re not a big deal.

  • alan

    lmao who are you mr irrelevant

  • MW

    “I have a face like a model” wow get over yourself.

  • Verity

    He does have a face like a model; That’s not ego, that’s truth! Has probably been told that time and time again in the business he’s in.

  • jon

    his model face didn’t made him a leading man in hollywood

  • Teddy’s Cousin

    He’s amazing looking, then and now and he Does look like a model.
    Can’t wait to pick this up.

  • dennis

    “I know I have a face like a model.” wow he’s so humble ¬¬

  • Anna

    My, my, how arrogant. I betcha he says that to all the women before he beds them.

  • Real

    He does have the face of a model. Nothing arrogant about that. It’s not like he’s saying my life is sooo perfect because of my face. Like it or not HE’S GORGEOUS!!

  • Peeve

    But he gets those seedy fiance or boring love interest who gets dumped roles…good actor though. Everyone has a little ego; it’s just how much you show of it.

  • Tian

    These comments are so bad. If he’s not a complete brain-dead idiot, he’s got to be face-palming right about now. I actually feel bad for him.

  • Tian

    He’s also implying that goofy drama nerds, a.k.a drama students, aren’t attractive. That said, he’s repulsively exalting himself on two levels: 1) he’s stating that he (or his face at least) is objectively attractive, which is impossible-being a model even doesn’t make that possible-and 2) that he’s an anomaly amongst his colleagues (goofy drama nerds) because of this.

  • Alphachic

    He brags about how good looking he is. And he turned down ‘Magic Mike’ ? What an idiot. The actors in that movie are much more successful

  • Athena

    He used to do decent movies. Now he gets VERY SMALL roles in VERY SMALL movies. He’s a very mediocre actor and not hot anymore. He better realise that

  • Mishka

    Last yr he was in the news for having a baby with a model, just after his divorce. I guess he must be suffering from so many STDs

  • Dejavu73

    Why should Marsden have lied about his look?
    He’s not an hypocrite and obviously he’s not ugly. Otherwise his face wouldn’t have fit the cover of a magazine! And he said the true: he is just MODELING on these pages!
    There are other actors who pretend to be humble while their real is bigger than a huge museum.

  • Pon_de

    People act like just anyone is chosen in the modeling industry. His point is that he has the standard model face qualities like unique bone structure, sharp eye color, etc. but in reality he is nothing like the model “type” in personality.

  • Dreamy

    Oh James, tell all these things to the dumb young girls you are sleeping with. If you were a goofy nerd, Straw Dogs would hav been a huge hit

  • laureeen

    To be honest, I don’t get the uproar about his “I know I have a face like a model” comment, because it is true. He is a model. Before acting, he modelled for Versace. He’s just stating facts people – stop making a big deal out of nothing, lol.