Transcript for James Marsden thinks his character from ‘The Notebook’ is misunderstood
The one and only James Marsden, everybody. Of course, you know him from "West world" and my favorite movie "The notebook" and "X-men" and hitting the big screen with "Sonic the hedgehog." Let's take a look. Get in the truck. Really? You're going to help me. I guess this is a little bit my fault. Not a little bit. Entirely. It is entirely your fault. Are you coming? Yes. Road trip, whoo-hoo! What am I doing? Please welcome James Marsden, everybody. How are you guys? Good to see you. So excited to have you on "Gma" and we want to do a little throwback Thursday. An appearance you had on "Good morning, Oklahoma." Here you are right here. And you're singing. Yes, we were -- skies are not cloudy all day Oh, boy. It was about lulling people lack to sleep apparently. Ah, yes,s of a student news anchor on that show for a full year, yeah, I was -- we would deliver two minutes of educational news at the end of the hour and one time I was able to get my -- if you can call it my band on the show to perform four-part harmony thing, yeah. We didn't know you were in the news business. Any think about getting back into it? It was something I studied for a few semesters at Oklahoma state university. I was studying journalively and broadcasting with the idea of maybe being a news anchor, yeah. Who knew? If the acting thing didn't work out I felt like that was something I could go and pursue but -- The acting thing did work out. Okay, the original sonic video game came out in 1991. That's right. We hear back in the day you were quite a gamer. I was. I mean I kind of grew up in that -- the era of the video game and started with atari and intelly vision and Nintendo 64 and sega genesis came along and it was a real co-lossal waste of time but it was wonderful. Did it continue on into your adult years. It did, too far into my adult life. I was playing -- I remember playing goldeneye on Nintendo 64 with Kevin feige who owns the marvel universe. We'd sneak away for hours and hours and play that game and, but, yeah, I played every game imaginable and sonic was one of them. I had to quit. You liked it? He's a popular guy. But, yeah, I got to the point where I played too much. You would play and five hours would go by so hi to stop. I had to give it up. Now just bringing it back to the big Jean. Tell us about working with Jim Carrey. What a snooze, yeah. No energy. No -- I mean, he is one of my heroes to be honest. I grew up in high school, doing impressions of his impressions and -- I don't know if I have them anymore but I did fire marshal bill from -- From "In living color." Have you ever done it? I was too squared to do it for him. When are you going to bring it up and how. Jim, I do a pretty good fire marshal bill. Let me tell you something. For those who tuned in is James okay? Something just happened. But, yeah, I just -- that was my thing. I was a mimic and he was one of the greatest comedians of our time and so now this this film he's just having a party and he's -- it's so nice to see him enjoying himself again doing his he's great at that. It's a lot of fun. You have a 7-year-old, right? I do. Into gaming? Not into gaming so much yet. He started tiptoeing into it but massive fan of sonic. There he is in my lap. Ah. My two other kid, as well. You know, their whole lives they've always been sort of in a great way wonderfully underwhelmed with what I do. You know, because they're like, you're dad. So what, you're an actor and now they're starting to get like, oh, that's pretty cool. Hanging out with sonic. Yeah, and my son, my youngest is the sonic superfan so -- Nice. There's the real sonic. And then speaking of superfan, I'm a superfan of "The notebook." I just want -- it's been over 15 years. Do people yet realize your character was actually a really good guy. He was not such a bad guy? I thought he was a good guy. But I think it's a testament to the movie that the chemistry between Ryan and Rachel, it was, you know -- Off the charts. So when the movie became such a phenomenon people would come up to me on the street and be like, why were you trying to get in their way? They were supposed to be together? So it was like, I didn't do it. I was just -- it was a job. I don't know. But nobody knew that it was going to be such a massive hit. You know, you never know when you're filming. You hope that it's going to happen but that one I don't think anyone saw coming so pretty special thing to be a part of. Well, you know what, special thing for me to watch. Touches my heartstrings. You'd be surprised how many like men come up to me and go, hey, you were in my favorite movie of all time, "X-men" something I'm expecting. "Notebook." Men have hearts too. Make sure you guys check out James Marsden in "Sonic the hedgehog," sprint into theaters tonight and thanks to our friends at regal everyone inur
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