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James Marsden Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

James Paul Marsden was born on the 18th September 1973, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA, and is an actor, occasional singer and a former model, widely known for his roles in movies like “The Notebook”, “Hairspray”, “Enchanted” and, probably his most famous role, Cyclops in the superhero movie series “X-Men”. His career has been active since 1993.

Have you ever wondered how rich is James Marsden? According to sources, it’s estimated that the overall size of his net worth is over $8 million, as of early 2016, which has been accomplished through appearances in more than 40 movies as well as in several TV series.

James Marsden Net Worth $8 Million

James was born to Kathleen, a nutritionist, and James Luther Marsden, a professor of animal sciences and industry who divorced when he was nine years old. James’ ancestry is mostly English, Scottish and German, but also includes French. He attended Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, and afterwards dropped out of broadcast journalism studies at Oklahoma State University in his second year, to move to Los Angeles in pursuit of an acting career. During the three semesters he spent at the university, he worked as a model for the prestigious high-fashion label – Versace.

James debuted as an actor in 1993, in the TV series “The Nanny” with the role of Eddie. Subsequently, he continued to guest-star in “Boogies Diner”, “Saved by the Bell: The New Class”, “Blossom” and “Party of Five”. His talent and persistence secured him the lead role in the ABC’s drama series “Second Noah” (1996-1997). Although short-lived, this venture brought James popularity and experience which lead to his first big screen appearance in “Public Enemies” (1996). James as Glenn Foy, also showed in 13 episodes of the TV series “Ally McBeal”, followed by more film roles – in 1998 opposite Katie Holmes in “Disturbing Behavior” and later alongside Kate Hudson in the 2000 movie “Gossip”. These engagements provided the solid basis for his net worth.

James Marsden’s breakthrough came in 2000 with the role of Cyclops in Marvel’s action-adventure “X-Men”, which he reprised in the sequels “X2” (2003) and “X-Men: The Last Stand”. His portrayal of the crime-fighting hero brought him his first award – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actor in a science fiction film – helping him with career development as well as increasing his overall net worth.

He was also cast in “The Notebook” (2004), “Heights” (2005) and “Superman Returns” (2006). In the 2007 movie “Hairspray”, besides acting he showed his singing talent by performing two soundtrack songs. Alongside cast-members John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah, and Zac Efron, James won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble and was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a cast. Certainly, all these collaborations made a positive impact on James wealth and were it’s main source.

To speak further of his accomplishments, James has appeared in various movies and TV series including Disney’s “Enchanted” (2007), “27 Dresses” (2008), which brought him two Teen Choice Award nominations, in 2007 and 2008, as well as “Superman Returns” (2006), “Death at a Funeral” (2010), “Modern Family” (2011) and “30 Rock” (2012-2013), adding to his net worth.

2013 was also a successful year for James Marsden – he joined Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in “2 Guns” and later, the role of president John F. Kennedy in Lee Daniels‘ “The Butler” got him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

His most recent acting activity includes 2016 “Westworld” – Sci-Fi/Western TV series.

When it comes to his personal life, it is known that James Marsden was married to actress Marry Elizabeth “Lisa” Linde between 2000 and 2011 when they divorced, and with whom he has two children, a daughter and a son. James has another child, also a son, from his relationship with Brazilian model Rose Costa.

Apart from acting, he enjoys various hobbies such as singing, guitar and piano playing and photography.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Disenchanted2018pre-productionPrince Edward (rumored)
Shock and Awe2017filmingWarren Strobel
Henchmen2016filmingHank (voice)
Westworld2016TV SeriesTeddy Flood
Wander Over Yonder2014-2016TV SeriesSir Brad Starlight
Unfinished Business2015/IJim Spinch
Into the Grizzly Maze2015Rowan
Accidental Love2015Scott
The D Train2015Oliver Lawless
The Loft2014Chris Vanowen
The Best of Me2014Dawson
Welcome to Me2014Rich Ruskin
X-Men: Days of Future Past2014Scott Summers
Walk of Shame2014Gordon
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues2013Jack Lime
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya2013Prince Ishitsukuri (English version, voice)
The Butler2013/IJohn F. Kennedy
2 Guns2013Quince
As Cool as I Am2013Chuck Diamond
30 Rock2012-2013TV SeriesCriss
Small Apartments2012Bernard Franklin
Bachelorette2012Trevor
Robot & Frank2012Hunter
Straw Dogs2011David Sumner
Hop2011Fred O'Hare
Modern Family2011TV SeriesBarry
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore2010Diggs (voice)
Death at a Funeral2010Oscar
Robot Chicken2009TV SeriesJason Chambers Lion
The Box2009/IArthur Lewis
Sex Drive2008Rex
27 Dresses2008Kevin
Enchanted2007Prince Edward
Hairspray2007Corny Collins
Superman Returns2006Richard White
X-Men: The Last Stand2006Scott Summers Cyclops
10th & Wolf2006Tommy
Lies & Alibis2006Wendell Hatch
Heights2005Jonathan
The Notebook2004Lon Hammond
The 24th Day2004Dan
X22003Scott Summers Cyclops
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road2002Neal Oliver
Ally McBeal2001-2002TV SeriesGlenn Foy
Zoolander2001John Wilkes Booth
Sugar & Spice2001Jack Bartlett
X-Men2000Scott Summers Cyclops
919 Fifth Avenue2000TV MovieWill
Gossip2000/IDerrick Webb
Disturbing Behavior1998Steve Clark
The Outer Limits1998TV SeriesBrav
Bella Mafia1997TV MovieLuka
Extreme Ghostbusters1997TV Series
Second Noah1996-1997TV SeriesRicky Beckett
Campfire Tales1997Eddie (segment "The Hook")
On the Edge of Innocence1997TV MovieJake Walker
Gone in a Heartbeat1996TV MovieMichael Galler
Public Enemies1996VideoDoc Barker
Touched by an Angel1995TV SeriesJake
Party of Five1995TV SeriesGriffin Holbrook
Blossom1995TV SeriesJosh
No Dessert, Dad, Till You Mow the Lawn1994Tyler Cochran
Search and Rescue1994TV Movie as Jimmy Marsden
Boogies Diner1994TV SeriesJason
Joe's Life1993TV SeriesBrian
The Nanny1993TV SeriesEddie
Saved by the Bell: The New Class1993TV SeriesChad Westerfield
In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco1993TV MovieSteven Willis

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Enchanted2007performer: "True Love's Kiss", "That's Amore"
Hairspray2007performer: "The Nicest Kids in Town" 2001, "The Nicest Kids in Town Reprise" 2001, "It's Hairspray"
Ally McBeal2001-2002TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Gossip2000/Iperformer: "Glow"
Animated Stories from the BibleTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1993 music - 1 episode, 1993 performer - 1 episode, 1993

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Blockbuster Buster2016TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Daily Show2016TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Now2013-2016TV SeriesHimself - guest / Himself - Guest
The IMDb Studio2015TV Series shortHimself
Running Wild with Bear Grylls2015TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Bang! Bang!2015TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with James Corden2015TV SeriesHimself
Reel Junkie2015TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2010-2014TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2007-2014TV SeriesHimself
2014 MTV Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - Behind-the-Scenes: Newsroom2014Video shortHimself
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014TV SeriesHimself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Chelsea Lately2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Everyman's Bacon2013TV SeriesHimself
Small Apartments: Behind the Scenes2013Video documentaryHimself
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Conan2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2007-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 66th Annual Tony Awards2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Vietnam in HD2011TV Series documentaryArthur Wiknik
Rove LA2011TV SeriesHimself
Sesame Street2011TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32011TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2011TV SeriesHimself
The Biggest Loser2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest Appearance
The View2003-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story2010DocumentaryHimself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2010TV Series
Lopez Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the Brave2008TV SpecialHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20082008TV SpecialHimself
27 Dresses: Movie Special2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Becoming Enchanted: A New Classic Comes True2008Video documentary shortHimself
Rachael Ray2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hairspray: Inside the Recording Booth2007Video documentary shortHimself
Enchanted: CiTV Movie Special2007TV MovieHimself
Access Hollywood2007TV SeriesHimself
You Can't Stop the Beat: The Long Journey of 'Hairspray'2007Video documentaryHimself
HBO First Look2006-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
'Hairspray' Extentions2007Video documentary shortHimself
It's 'Hairspray'!2007Video documentary shortHimself
Requiem for Krypton: Making 'Superman Returns'2006Video documentaryHimself
X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy2006Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men: The Excitement Continues2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Interstate 60'2003Video documentary shortHimself
FX2: Visual Effects2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making 'X2'2003Video documentaryHimself
X2 Global Webcast Highlights2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001-2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Caroline Rhea Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reflection of the 'X-Men'2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Uncanny Suspects2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Visual Effects of X-Men2003Video documentary shortHimself
X-Factor: The Look of 'X-Men'2003Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men: Ellis Island Premiere2003Video shortHimself
X-Men: Premieres Around the World2003Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men Production Scrapbook2003Video documentaryHimself
Showbiz Today2000TV SeriesHimself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesJohn F. Kennedy
CR: Superman Returns2010Video GameRichard White
Ally McBeal2002TV SeriesGlenn Foy
De Superman2001TV Movie documentaryCyclops

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesModern Family (2009)
2008Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleHairspray (2007)· Nikki Blonsky
· John Travolta
· Michelle Pfeifer
· Elijah Kelley
· Queen Latifah
· Amanda Bynes
· Zac Efron
· Christopher Walken
· Taylor Parks
· Allison Janney
2008Ensemble Cast AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalHairspray (2007)· Nikki Blonsky
· Amanda Bynes
· Zac Efron
· Allison Janney
· Elijah Kelley
· Queen Latifah
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Brittany Snow
· John Travolta
· Christopher Walken
2007Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearHairspray (2007)· Nikki Blonsky
· John Travolta
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Queen Latifah
· Christopher Walken
· Amanda Bynes
· Brittany Snow
· Zac Efron
· Elijah Kelley
· Allison Janney
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - Science FictionX-Men (2000)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BTVA Anime Dub Movies/Special Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film/SpecialKaguyahime no monogatari (2013)· Chloë Grace Moretz
· James Caan
· Mary Steenburgen
· Darren Criss
· Lucy Liu
· Hynden Walch
· George Segal
· Dean Cain
· Daniel Dae Kim
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightAnchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)· Will Ferrell
· Paul Rudd
· David Koechner
· Steve Carell
· Sacha Baron Cohen
· Kanye West
· Tina Fey
· Amy Poehler
· Jim Carrey
· Marion Cotillard
· Will Smith
· Liam Neeson
· John C. Reilly
· Greg Kinnear
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Butler (2013)· Mariah Carey
· John Cusack
· Jane Fonda
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Terrence Howard
· Lenny Kravitz
· David Oyelowo
· Alex Pettyfer
· Vanessa Redgrave
· Alan Rickman
· Liev Schreiber
· Forest Whitaker
· Robin Williams
· Oprah Winfrey
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series30 Rock (2006)· Scott Adsit
· Alec Baldwin
· Katrina Bowden
· Kevin Brown
· Grizz Chapman
· Tina Fey
· Judah Friedlander
· Jane Krakowski
· John Lutz
· Jack McBrayer
· Tracy Morgan
· Keith Powell
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Guest Actor30 Rock (2006)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Male Scene StealerDeath at a Funeral (2010)
2008Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastHairspray (2007)· Nikki Blonsky
· Amanda Bynes
· Paul Dooley
· Zac Efron
· Allison Janney
· Elijah Kelley
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Queen Latifah
· Brittany Snow
· Jerry Stiller
· John Travolta
· Christopher Walken
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureHairspray (2007)· Nikki Blonsky
· Amanda Bynes
· Paul Dooley
· Zac Efron
· Allison Janney
· Elijah Kelley
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Queen Latifah
· Brittany Snow
· Jerry Stiller
· John Travolta
· Christopher Walken
2008Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: ComedyEnchanted (2007)
2007Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorSuperman Returns (2006)
2001MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TeamX-Men (2000)· Halle Berry
· Hugh Jackman
· Anna Paquin


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#Fact
1He starred in two musicals in 2007: Hairspray (2007) and Enchanted (2007).
2His ancestry is mostly English and German, with some Scottish, and distant French.
3Third child, son William Luca Costa-Marsden, born 14 December 2012. Mother is model Rose Costa.
4Son-in-law of Dennis Linde.
5Is commonly confused as being the brother of actor Jason Marsden. Although the two are not related, they are actually good friends and their respective wives have been friends since they were six.
6Also has two brothers, Jeff and Robbie.
7Has worked 4 times with actress Rebecca Romijn: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), Lies & Alibis (2006), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
8Daughter, Mary James Marsden, born on 10 August 2005.
9An accomplished singer.
10He wore lifts for most of his scenes in the X-Men movies, because his character Cyclops is supposed to be 6' 3" compared to a 5' 3" Wolverine. In actuality, Marsden is under 6 feet tall, slightly shorter than Famke Janssen (as his love interest, (Jean Grey) and approximately 4 inches inches shorter than Hugh Jackman (who played Wolverine).
11His father is a Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University.
12Joined the Delta Tau Delta fraternity while at Oklahoma State.
13Graduated from Putnam City North High School (located in Oklahoma City) class of 1991.
14Turned down the lead role in 54 (1998). Ryan Phillippe later got the role.
15Lost out to Edward Norton for a role in Primal Fear (1996).
16In 1991, while vacationing with his family in Hawaii, he met actor Kirk Cameron and his actress sister Candace Cameron Bure; the Camerons invited Marsden to visit in L.A. and thus began his career.
17Son Jack was born on February 1, 2001, in Los Angeles weighing 7 lbs., 14 oz.
18Attended Oklahoma State University
19He has two sisters: Jennifer - age 24 and Elizabeth - age 12, as at 2004. Jennifer lives in Studio City, California and Elizabeth in Manhattan, Kansas.

#Quote
1[interview with Men's Health] You shouldn't have to give up things that you love in life (to be in good shape). Yeah, you want to look good, but it's not necessary to look like the statue of David every time you take your shirt off. I'd rather look healthy, have a sound mind, and be comfortable in my own skin.
2When I entered this business I think people looked at me and said, 'Here's a young, good-looking guy. He should play the romantic lead.' So I played the jock, I played those parts, and it was a good thing. But, over time, as I've gotten older, I realize I have a lot more fun as an actor when I'm doing other things. The more character-driven the role, the better.
3[2008, on his costume for Enchanted (2007)] It was very uncomfortable, all our costumes were uncomfortable. But the costumes helped my performance. For me as an actor, it easier to play an extreme character like this with the costume and the sword and hair. Wearing the costume gets me into the personality of the character and 90 percent of my work is done once I put it on. The costume transforms you. But the novelty of wearing the costume wore off around Week 2, when I realized I had several more months wearing it, as we were moving into the hot humid days of July in New York and then it did become hard work. We were always having a good time making the film but it was definitely important to have a sense of humor while we were filming. It took ten or fifteen minutes just to get my costume on, I had to really manage my time - especially in terms of bathroom breaks. If you needed to get out of the costume, things would have to stop and shut down for twenty minutes - just to get the suit off.
4(2008) I grew up in Oklahoma, I did always have the blue eyes, but I was pudgy until I was 13 or 14, then I got tall and skinny, but I grew up in an area where girls liked athletic football players and I was never that kind of guy. That was their version of Prince Charming and it was not until fairly recently that I became reasonably happy with my appearance and the way I am. I think it is all psychological, but I was never really comfortable with the way I looked and don't see myself as handsome...When I was younger I would try to mold myself into an image of what women wanted and now I am interested in being comfortable in my own skin. I think it is important to have confidence in who you are and embrace that, rather than trying to be someone else.
5(2005, on landing Heights (2005)) My agent sent me the script, and they said, you should read this one. They'll do that, they'll send me some scripts and say prioritize this one, cause this is really good. And I read it, and it was just one of those scripts that sucks you in and is engrossing and exciting to read, and I just went, "I want to be a part of it". So I met with (director) Chris Terrio, and we sat in a room for an hour and an half, two hours, and we talked about - it was nice, because normally you go in and you prepare a scene and you read for them and whatever, but he didn't want to do that, he wanted to talk to you. So I came in and we had a conversation about the script, which I thought was great - very Woody Allen. And I just said, "I want to be a part of this, I don't know what character but they're all great, I just want to be a part of this", and we had a long conversation, and they called and offered it, which was fantastic. And I knew it was a Merchant Ivory production, and I wasn't expecting to get the role, really, because how do I fit into a Merchant Ivory production? But if you want me to wear a corset, I will.
6(2011, on the challenges of filming Hop (2011)) This was certainly the most difficult technical process that I've been through. It's hard enough to just be a good actor. When you're on set, there's everything going against you. There are walkie-talkies going off, the camera is creaking and moving, there are boom mics, and you have to hit your mark and make sure you don't shadow the other person's face. It's a really technical process. It's difficult because you're there to bring life to a scene and make it feel natural and normal, when all these other things are going on. And then, you subtract a co-star from that, where you're actually talking to nobody and you're looking at little pieces of green tape...I've never been more prepared, in my life. I knew that I couldn't afford to not know my lines and not know where my mark was. I had to know all of Russell Brand's lines and all of the blocking and choreography for "E.B.". The rabbit is not going to move around when you're doing the scene. There's nothing there. So, during the scene, I have to try to remember my lines and keep it natural, and also remember where the rabbit is going for each line. Technically, it was difficult. Every film has got it's own challenges, but this was a technical process. When Kaley Cuoco or Gary Cole came in, I was like, "Thank god! We can act together!" On a movie like this, I never went home thinking, "Man, that scene today was awesome. I really felt it. It really came to life". It was all piecemeal. It was like singing a duet without the other person singing with you. I was like, "I hope whoever is in the editing room with the scissors and the glue makes this all work".
7(2011) When I was younger - up until I was 19 years old and in college - I was surrounded with people in high school who felt like they knew what they wanted to do with their lives, and that was intimidating to me because I didn't. I didn't know what my calling was. I didn't know what I was here on earth to do. I didn't know what my passion was until I discovered the dramatic arts in junior high and high school and I realized, "Oh, I like this. This is something I feel like I'm good at." But, the idea of moving to Hollywood and becoming an actor was really unrealistic...I didn't want to go get a job or get a degree in business or marketing, or whatever all my friends were getting degrees in. I also realized that it's a tough thing to make a career out of being an actor, but I thought, "You know what? I'm going to just make this happen. I'm going to move to L.A." I had really supportive parents. It was great. And, it happened, thank god. To this day, I really can't think of what I would be doing otherwise. I wasn't going to do anything unless I was really passionate about it. I'm a little stubborn that way, actually.
8(2011, on career choices) Every time I read a script, I see the movie in my head, and I try to see the best movie in my head because everybody interprets the movie differently. First of all, I think about what I just finished doing. When I finished Straw Dogs (2011), I wanted to do something completely different. This business has been really good to me, in that it has afforded me a lot of opportunities to do very, very different projects. I did the "X-Men" movies, and I did Hairspray (2007). It's almost confusing for people. They're like, "Well, where do we put him? What does he do? He's all over the place". Actors always talk about that balance in their careers. It's your livelihood. It's your job. You get a paycheck. You're paying a mortgage. There's that component. And then, the other side of it is about your creative integrity, and the projects you really feel like you want to be a part of and that you feel like you can contribute to creatively. I believe that, if you're lucky enough to let that captain the ship, then all the other stuff will come along with it. Every movie I do, whether it's a little indie drama, if it's a big-budget action movie, or if it's a romantic comedy, I approach it as, "I want this to be the best of that, that there is." When I started Hop, I told (producer) Chris Meledandri that I would imagine that a lot of actors might want to step into a movie like this thinking, "Oh, this will be easy. It's a kid's movie. I'll just phone it in." I said, "I've gotta tell you, I feel more of a responsibility to do more work on this than I ever have." And he said, "That's exactly right." To me, it was important that the relationship between Fred and the rabbit felt very real, and like him and another human being. Whatever scripts come to me, I read them and I look at the ones that I feel like I can see myself in. You'll feel a spark. You'll be like, "All right, I see this guy. I get this guy. This guy makes me laugh. I know what to do." When I read Enchanted, I was like, "I know who this guy is. Please let me have this. I'll kill this role." Death at a Funeral was the same thing. To me, that was the best role in the movie. I felt really confident about my ability to create that performance. Those are the ones that I go after. And then, within that, I always try to change it up and go from a drama to a comedy to something else. That just keeps it interesting for me.
9(2007, on Hairspray (2007)) I would finish a day on "Hairspray" and I wouldn't want to go home. I would want to stay there and watch the numbers that I wasn't in. I know it sounds cheesy but it was a real labor of love. I'm so stage-starved that it comes easily for me. I got along tremendously with the cast and with [director] Adam Shankman, who was certainly in his wheelhouse because he comes from something like 25 years of choreography and he was in his element. We were all having fun because he was - and it was great to see John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken just go camp. The movie's not all camp - they wanted to bring a real tone to it - but, obviously, it's colorful and has all those fireworks. It rides on the spectacle.
10(2007) I did dress in drag for an audition once-to play Penélope Cruz's drag queen best friend in Woman on Top (2000). I went to Twentieth Century Fox dressed from head to toe in high heels and a dress. I just went for it. My wife dressed me - I thought I'd throw that in there.
11Early in your career, you feel like there is a formula, a path you have to take. You have to do this movie because this person directed it and you have to be associated with these people. In some ways, I have thrown that out. I decided I should go after the roles I like, that I am inspired by and then if I am having a good time, chances are that people will like watching you. (Interview, November, 2011)
12My wife, kids and I still fly coach -- not first-class. I think I have a certain responsibility to let my children know I am not special because of what I do, but who I am as a person.
13(On starting out in L.A. and his fame level now) A little job here, a little job there, and after six months in L.A., I was paying for my rent and my meals. Very slowly, the tiniest of snowballs snowballed from there. At some point, the snowball got to be a nice size, and I wanted it to stay that way. That's sort of now. I don't want it to keep rolling. Or rather, I want it to keep rolling, but I don't want it to keep getting bigger.
14If expectations are low, you can only impress people. But if expectations are there for you to be the leading guy, and you've been paid X amount of money, you're on a tightrope and all of a sudden you're looking down. If it was up to me now, I would just stay on the up-and-coming list until I'm like 90.
15If you're lucky enough to pick what you do, that's the greatest career you can have. Ultimately, that's my goal: to have choices. - Interview with Men's Health, May 2007.
16If you're an attractive guy, everyone thinks you're successful just because of the way you look. I hate that.


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