Don't let James Marsden's sparkling eyes fool you. At his core, he's a big dork. Or at least that what he claims. This month, the actor appears as the charismatic President John F. Kennedy in Lee Daniels' biopic, The Butler.
In a promotion for the film, Marsden appears in the latest issue of Out magazine, where he discusses Real James vs. Hollywood James.
Marsden tells the magazine (via People), "I'm actually less comfortable being the smoldering hot guy. I know I have a face like a model, but I'm actually just a goofy drama nerd underneath."
Speaking of drama, Marsden had to put his acting chops to work in The Butler. He previously starred in blockbusters like X-Men and fan favorite The Notebook. Daniels felt he was the perfect fit for this historical drama.
The director reveals, "I saw a thespian waiting to bust out from his big tent-pole movies. I picked him because I think he embodies the youthful side of Kennedy that gave so many people hope."
In the film, Marsden plays Kennedy opposite Friday Night Lights alum Minka Kelly, who portrays his wife Jacqueline. The movie centers on a White House butler named Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker). The story's inspired by Eugene Allen, a real-life butler who served multiple presidents during his 34-year tenure.
The Butler's cast includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Liev Schreiber, John Cusack, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda.
Lee Daniels' The Butler is in theaters now.
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