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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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Disenchanted 2018 pre-production Prince Edward (rumored)
Shock and Awe 2017 filming Warren Strobel
Henchmen 2016 filming Hank (voice)
Westworld 2016 TV Series Teddy Flood
Wander Over Yonder 2014-2016 TV Series Sir Brad Starlight
Unfinished Business 2015/I Jim Spinch
Into the Grizzly Maze 2015 Rowan
Accidental Love 2015 Scott
The D Train 2015 Oliver Lawless
The Loft 2014 Chris Vanowen
The Best of Me 2014 Dawson
Welcome to Me 2014 Rich Ruskin
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 Scott Summers
Walk of Shame 2014 Gordon
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 Jack Lime
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013 Prince Ishitsukuri (English version, voice)
The Butler 2013/I John F. Kennedy
2 Guns 2013 Quince
As Cool as I Am 2013 Chuck Diamond
30 Rock 2012-2013 TV Series Criss
Small Apartments 2012 Bernard Franklin
Bachelorette 2012 Trevor
Robot & Frank 2012 Hunter
Straw Dogs 2011 David Sumner
Hop 2011 Fred O'Hare
Modern Family 2011 TV Series Barry
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 Diggs (voice)
Death at a Funeral 2010 Oscar
Robot Chicken 2009 TV Series Jason Chambers Lion
The Box 2009/I Arthur Lewis
Sex Drive 2008 Rex
27 Dresses 2008 Kevin
Enchanted 2007 Prince Edward
Hairspray 2007 Corny Collins
Superman Returns 2006 Richard White
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 Scott Summers Cyclops
10th & Wolf 2006 Tommy
Lies & Alibis 2006 Wendell Hatch
Heights 2005 Jonathan
The Notebook 2004 Lon Hammond
The 24th Day 2004 Dan
X2 2003 Scott Summers Cyclops
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road 2002 Neal Oliver
Ally McBeal 2001-2002 TV Series Glenn Foy
Zoolander 2001 John Wilkes Booth
Sugar & Spice 2001 Jack Bartlett
X-Men 2000 Scott Summers Cyclops
919 Fifth Avenue 2000 TV Movie Will
Gossip 2000/I Derrick Webb
Disturbing Behavior 1998 Steve Clark
The Outer Limits 1998 TV Series Brav
Bella Mafia 1997 TV Movie Luka
Extreme Ghostbusters 1997 TV Series
Second Noah 1996-1997 TV Series Ricky Beckett
Campfire Tales 1997 Eddie (segment "The Hook")
On the Edge of Innocence 1997 TV Movie Jake Walker
Gone in a Heartbeat 1996 TV Movie Michael Galler
Public Enemies 1996 Video Doc Barker
Touched by an Angel 1995 TV Series Jake
Party of Five 1995 TV Series Griffin Holbrook
Blossom 1995 TV Series Josh
No Dessert, Dad, Till You Mow the Lawn 1994 Tyler Cochran
Search and Rescue 1994 TV Movie as Jimmy Marsden
Boogies Diner 1994 TV Series Jason
Joe's Life 1993 TV Series Brian
The Nanny 1993 TV Series Eddie
Saved by the Bell: The New Class 1993 TV Series Chad Westerfield
In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco 1993 TV Movie Steven Willis



The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Enchanted 2007 performer: "True Love's Kiss", "That's Amore"
Hairspray 2007 performer: "The Nicest Kids in Town" 2001, "The Nicest Kids in Town Reprise" 2001, "It's Hairspray"
Ally McBeal 2001-2002 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Gossip 2000/I performer: "Glow"
Animated Stories from the Bible TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1993 music - 1 episode, 1993 performer - 1 episode, 1993



The Blockbuster Buster 2016 TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode



The Daily Show 2016 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
Larry King Now 2013-2016 TV Series Himself - guest / Himself - Guest
The IMDb Studio 2015 TV Series short Himself
Running Wild with Bear Grylls 2015 TV Series Himself
Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015 TV Series Himself
Reel Junkie 2015 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2006-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood 2010-2014 TV Series Himself
The Talk 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2011-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2014 TV Series Himself
2014 MTV Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - Behind-the-Scenes: Newsroom 2014 Video short Himself
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter (uncredited)
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2014 TV Series Himself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Chelsea Lately 2011-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Everyman's Bacon 2013 TV Series Himself
Small Apartments: Behind the Scenes 2013 Video documentary Himself
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Conan 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2007-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Vietnam in HD 2011 TV Series documentary Arthur Wiknik
Rove LA 2011 TV Series Himself
Sesame Street 2011 TV Series Himself
Cinema 3 2011 TV Series Himself
Días de cine 2011 TV Series Himself
The Biggest Loser 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest Appearance
The View 2003-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2010 Documentary Himself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber 2010 TV Series
Lopez Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the Brave 2008 TV Special Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
27 Dresses: Movie Special 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Becoming Enchanted: A New Classic Comes True 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Rachael Ray 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hairspray: Inside the Recording Booth 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Enchanted: CiTV Movie Special 2007 TV Movie Himself
Access Hollywood 2007 TV Series Himself
You Can't Stop the Beat: The Long Journey of 'Hairspray' 2007 Video documentary Himself
HBO First Look 2006-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
'Hairspray' Extentions 2007 Video documentary short Himself
It's 'Hairspray'! 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Requiem for Krypton: Making 'Superman Returns' 2006 Video documentary Himself
X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy 2006 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men: The Excitement Continues 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Interstate 60' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
FX2: Visual Effects 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making 'X2' 2003 Video documentary Himself
X2 Global Webcast Highlights 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2001-2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Caroline Rhea Show 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Reflection of the 'X-Men' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Uncanny Suspects 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Visual Effects of X-Men 2003 Video documentary short Himself
X-Factor: The Look of 'X-Men' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men: Ellis Island Premiere 2003 Video short Himself
X-Men: Premieres Around the World 2003 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men Production Scrapbook 2003 Video documentary Himself
Showbiz Today 2000 TV Series Himself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Movie Guide 2013 TV Series John F. Kennedy
CR: Superman Returns 2010 Video Game Richard White
Ally McBeal 2002 TV Series Glenn Foy
De Superman 2001 TV Movie documentary Cyclops

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Modern Family (2009)
2008 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Hairspray (2007) · Nikki Blonsky
· John Travolta
· Michelle Pfeifer
· Elijah Kelley
· Queen Latifah
· Amanda Bynes
· Zac Efron
· Christopher Walken
· Taylor Parks
· Allison Janney
2008 Ensemble Cast Award Palm Springs International Film Festival Hairspray (2007) · Nikki Blonsky
· Amanda Bynes
· Zac Efron
· Allison Janney
· Elijah Kelley
· Queen Latifah
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Brittany Snow
· John Travolta
· Christopher Walken
2007 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble of the Year Hairspray (2007) · Nikki Blonsky
· John Travolta
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Queen Latifah
· Christopher Walken
· Amanda Bynes
· Brittany Snow
· Zac Efron
· Elijah Kelley
· Allison Janney
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Science Fiction X-Men (2000)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 BTVA Anime Dub Movies/Special Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film/Special Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013) · Chloë Grace Moretz
· James Caan
· Mary Steenburgen
· Darren Criss
· Lucy Liu
· Hynden Walch
· George Segal
· Dean Cain
· Daniel Dae Kim
2014 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Anchorman 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
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The 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
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 30 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
2012 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Comedy Guest Actor 30 Rock (2006)
2010 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer Death at a Funeral (2010)
2008 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Hairspray (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
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Hairspray (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
2008 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Enchanted (2007)
2007 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Superman Returns (2006)
2001 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team X-Men (2000) · Halle Berry
· Hugh Jackman
· Anna Paquin

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1 He starred in two musicals in 2007: Hairspray (2007) and Enchanted (2007).
2 His ancestry is mostly English and German, with some Scottish, and distant French.
3 Third child, son William Luca Costa-Marsden, born 14 December 2012. Mother is model Rose Costa.
4 Son-in-law of Dennis Linde.
5 Is 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.
6 Also has two brothers, Jeff and Robbie.
7 Has worked 4 times with actress Rebecca Romijn: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), Lies & Alibis (2006), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
8 Daughter, Mary James Marsden, born on 10 August 2005.
9 An accomplished singer.
10 He 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).
11 His father is a Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University.
12 Joined the Delta Tau Delta fraternity while at Oklahoma State.
13 Graduated from Putnam City North High School (located in Oklahoma City) class of 1991.
14 Turned down the lead role in 54 (1998). Ryan Phillippe later got the role.
15 Lost out to Edward Norton for a role in Primal Fear (1996).
16 In 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.
17 Son Jack was born on February 1, 2001, in Los Angeles weighing 7 lbs., 14 oz.
18 Attended Oklahoma State University
19 He has two sisters: Jennifer - age 24 and Elizabeth - age 12, as at 2004. Jennifer lives in Studio City, California and Elizabeth in Manhattan, Kansas.

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.
2 When 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.
11 Early 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)
12 My 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.
14 If 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.
15 If 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.
16 If you're an attractive guy, everyone thinks you're successful just because of the way you look. I hate that.

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