New Marsden interview...

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  1. green fear is the mind killer

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    I dont think this is up, sorry if it is.

    http://latinoreview.com/news.php?id=557

    By: Kellvin Chavez
    Source: Latino Review


    During the junket for the upcoming trilogy, "X-Men: The Last Stand," James Marsden spoke about his role as Richard White in "Superman Returns." In the film Marsden is a strong relationship with the woman Superman loves, Lois Lane, who has moved on with her life and about to marry Marsden character.

    Below is what Marsden had to say about Superman Returns, ENJOY!

    JIMMY [MARSDEN] YOU ARE STAYING EXTREMELY BUSY ON THE COMIC BOOK END, HUH?

    MARSDEN: I wish I could say that I had planned all of that but no I feel very lucky and fortunate to be doing both of these films this summer. Initially when Bryan [Singer] took 'Superman' and he called me said 'The script is done and I have this role in the movie that you would be perfect for and I would love to bring you over for it if you want to do it.' I read the script and I liked the character and at that point 'X-Men' didn't have a director yet and it was a little unclear as to what I was doing in the film. I know that they were making the film and they were scheduled to go in August, September, but 'Superman' began in March so I figured I would roll the dice and hopefully it will work out that I can do both.


    YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A MUCH BIGGER ROLE IN 'SUPERMAN'.

    MARSDEN: Yes, yes, yes. You mean compared to 'X-Men 3'? Yes, yes. It was just one of those things that, Bryan is a great friend and has been very, very helpful with my career and its 'Superman' and I love Bryan as a director and I think that he is going to give people exactly what they want and he's going to, not revive, because I think he has a great deal of respect for the Richard Donner films but they were in the 70's and now we have a generation of people that obviously know who Superman is but might have forgotten that movie or not seen it, so to me it was a safe and creatively gratifying move to go to 'Superman' and work with Bryan again and shed the glasses and be a regular guy.


    WAS THERE ANY BAD BLOOD FROM THE STUDIO OR ANYTHING. YOU WENT WITH SINGER AND 'SUPERMAN'?

    MARSDEN: No, obviously they want, if they can have you on board when they want you its easier for them to not have to work out scheduling details. That was the only conflict really, I got to hand it to FOX and both Warner Brothers because they were really collaborative in working out my involvement for both of them so it wasn't as dissonant as some might have thought, it was just a scheduling thing.


    WITH 'SUPERMAN' YOU SAID THAT BRYAN HOLDS THE ORIGINAL 'SUPERMAN' WITH SUCH HIGH REGARD. HOW DO YOU FEEL PLAYING A CHARACTER THAT DOESN'T EXIST IN THE COMICS? DO YOU FEEL ANY SORT OF GEEK BACKLASH PLAYING A CHARACTER THAT GOES AGAINST THE 'SUPERMAN' CANNON?

    MARSDEN: No. I said before, I feel very safe in Bryan Singer's hands. He is a super confident director and one of the most talented guys out there and if he concedes this character who didn't exist in the comic books then he did it for a reason and I didn't really question. Obviously it is difficult to be the competition for the man of steel. How do you compete with that, you know? But the movie works on so many emotional levels that it transcends the physicality of Superman and gets into his emotional struggle. It's an interesting situation.

    YOU OBVIOUSLY WORKED, WITH BRYAN AND BRETT RATNER ON THE SAME, TWICE THE SAMEÉ

    MARSDEN: It's funny I actually met with Brett to play 'Superman' when Brett was going to direct it, he was meeting lots of people, but I met with Brett when he was going to direct 'Superman' it's bizarre. Then he went on to do 'X-Men 3'.


    HOW DIFFERENT FOR BOTH OF YOU WAS IT TO WORK WITH BRYAN AND THEN GO TO BRETT? WHAT IS THE MAIN TRANSITION? EVERYONE SAYS THAT BRETT IS OFF THE WALL AND HIGH ENERGY BUT THEN YOU JUST WORKED WITH BRYAN. WAS IT QUITE OBVIOUS THE BIG DIFFERENCES?

    MARSDEN: Yeah, when you see the way that they both direct and directors are all different, they all have a different energy about them. Bryan has his own energy which is very controlled and very calculated. Brett's energy is very 'Lets go for it, let's do it. Lets do this and that and wouldn't that be great?' gives himself tons of options but the great thing about the both of them is that they are very good friends and they respect each other and Brett respects Bryan's movies, the first 2 and he didn't want to reinvent the wheel, he wants this movie to work with the 3 of them. As much as it was different to work with a different director you still felt like it was that comfortable 'X-Men' world that Bryan created.


    WHAT MAKES BRANDON [ROUTH] THE RIGHT 'SUPERMAN'?

    MARSDEN: You know I think whatever Bryan saw, his gift is I believe he has this eye and he has impeccable taste. It sounds really narcissistic [Laughs] but I think when you see Brandon walk into a room you immediately look at him and go 'Oh my God.' Not only physically is he this commanding presence but he is a very sweet guy, very generous actor. It was amazing because when I first met him I went 'Ok, he doesn't look like the man I remember in Chris Reeve, then he will do some facial expression and he will look exactly like Chris Reeve. Not that Bryan is even worrying about emulating Chris Reeve, he's not at all, but its obvious when he walks into the room and speaks, he just has this, he embodies in his real life, I've gotten to know him, and there are so many aspects of Brandon that are not only Superman but Clark Kent and Clark Kent from the farm. He is playing 3 different characters in the movie and there is a lot of him in each role and so he is a terrific actor. I think that people are going to be very pleased. He is the obvious choice I think.


    IN SUPERMAN RETURNS CLARK DOESN'T LIKE YOUR CHARACTER. HE IS JEALOUS BECAUSE OF THE LOVE INTEREST BETWEEN LOIS AND RICHARD, BUT AT THE SAME TIME RICHARD DOESN'T LIKE SUPERMAN.

    MARSDEN: That's not true though, I think Richard is conflicted about what's going on but I think that Richards standpoint is that it is Superman, it sucks to have the ex-boyfriend be Superman but Bryan came to me and said 'I think that Richard likes Superman and he is a fan of Superman. He is a normal guy who if you see a guy streak across the sky it's like, that is really F'ing cool. This guy is amazing and he does great things.' and Richard embodies a lot of that, Richard is a good guy and charming likeable guy and so the difficulty and challenge for his is that when you have feelings for somebody and you love somebody, I don't care who you are, it just makes it more complicated for Superman and Clark, and it makes it complicated for Lois because of her conflicted feelings and me too because we are engaged and we have a whole life together. I just think it makes for an interesting very realistic approach to an emotional relationship.
     
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    Aww now I'm going to be crushed inside when he has to discover Jason's the son of superman....
     
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    The back of your avvy should be flashing colors... That would rock :up:
     
  5. The Kid AMERICA FTW

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    hmm... good idea
     
  6. Metropolis_Man Mister Doctor?

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    Nice interview. Seems like hes really excited for the movie as well. After that interview I have more appreciation for his character in the movie.
     
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    Good read.
     
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    Good Interview. Interesting that he talks of Routh in such high terms. I know some people have had their doubts about Routh but going by what Marsden says, he looks perfect for the role and I guess for a Superman fan there's nothing better than that. Hope, the movie lives upto Marsden and ofcourse the fans' expectations.
     
  9. Antonello Blueberry Inglorious bastard

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    Did any of you remember being reported before that he tested for Superman with Ratner?
     
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    Heh...Nope...It's news to me.. :p

    -TNC
     
  11. Superman \S/ Registered

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    Cool interview.
     
  12. explode7 Registered

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    Why do I have this strange feeling that superman/clark will have the least amount of screen time non action scene wise.
     
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    It would have been so easy to make Richard the typical jerk boyfriend, but their decision to make him a nice guy and a Superman fan just shows that they're going for more depth in the characters and their relationships.
     
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    I feel bad for James! :( This guy is a second banana to everybody. I wanna see him in a role where he is the leading man and gets the girl at the end.
     
  16. Superman \S/ Registered

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    Watch the movie Gossip, it was a pretty good movie. Cept he don't get the girl.....
     
  17. Kurosawa Registered

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    He'll probably get the girl in Disney's Enchanted, his next big movie.
     

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