James Marsden is dreamy. He has a nuclear-grade powerful smile. He is multi-talented. He has appeared in a wide range of popular and successful movies. He deserves — no, he’s earned — the kind of rabid, hard-core swooning fans that Benedict Cumberbatch has. Yet James Marsden is not the household heartthrob name he deserves to be. That calls for a serious intervention. The man is long overdue for some well-earned crushes. So, if you’re not one of the lucky ones who are already smitten with the actor, here are 10 reasons to help inspire you just in time for his latest film, The Best of Me.
He Can Sing
Marsden may have humble, dorky vocal beginnings, but they’ve paid off. The actor has proven his singing chops repeatedly with Enchanted, Hairspray, 27 Dresses,and even a high-as-a-kite rendition of “Amazing Grace” (complete with splash zone). He’s good at singing. Not good like “Let’s throw Russell Crowe a bone in Les Miserables because he’s not a natural musical singer.” He’s really good. And if Pitch Perfect has taught us anything, it’s that we should love and cherish all actors who are naturally gifted at unleashing their vocal adrenaline.
He Can Dance
Okay, okay, he’s no Gene Kelly. It’s probably no accident that in Hairspray and Enchanted, any fancy footing is kept to a bare minimum. But. He fares so well with what he’s giving, in a kind of “Dawh, look at him go” way, you just love him for it anyway. Just like watching Taylor Swift’s adorably dorky dancing. I mean, look at him go!
He’s a Talented Physical Comedian
Marsden’s career is so all over the place — X-Men to Straw Dogs to Anchorman 2 — that it can be hard to pinpoint just what he’s most meant to do. Well, it sure isn’t playing dour stick-in-the-muds like X-Men’s Cyclops (though he’s good at that too!). It’s roles that let him get all physical. (No, not like that, but we like the way you think). The man has proven to be a remarkably gifted physical comedian, willing to dedicate his entire body to looking like a giant, spastic goofball. And we’re the better for it. NSFW (Bad Language)
He Made Ryan Gosling Almost Seem Like the Wrong Choice in The Notebook
Yes, a quarter of Tumblr would probably cease to exist without Noah & Allie 4eva GIFs. But you can’t tell us James Marsden’s looks, charm and – this is a big and – officer’s uniform, didn’t make you almost forget about Ryan Gosling’s disheveled layabout. That’s the power of Marsden. In a movie where he’s meant to be the cast-off, he almost makes the star “the other guy.”
He Works Out
He is Game For Anything On-Screen
He wore this outfit. For a whole movie. Without even once breaking character, or winking at the camera, or giving a sense of how ridiculously he looks, or revealing an ounce of embarrassment. How do you not love a man who doesn’t take himself seriously?
He is Game For Anything Off-Screen
Marsden’s gameness on-screen translates just as easily off-screen. Like in this clip from an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show where, for no reason, they both start talking in British accents, because why not? And it’s amazing.
He Proved Worthy of Liz Lemon
30 Rock’s Liz Lemon may have been a hopeless dater, but that didn’t mean we would have been content to see our beloved Lemon settle for just anyone. James Marsden’s Chris Chross wasn’t just anyone. Marsden made the perfect loveable dope an equally perfect match for Liz Lemon and won our hearts by letting us see him win hers.
He Looks Good No Matter What
Somehow even with his face half-obscured by the world’s worst designed Google Glass, a half smile from Marsden shines as bright as those killer red laser beams that burst out of his eyes in the X-Men movies.