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Director Lee Daniels on casting Marsden as JFK: "I picked him because I think he embodies the youthful side of Kennedy that gave so many people hope.”
“I think the key to comedy — and I learned this on the set of Enchanted and Hairspray — is that the audience needs to feel like everyone is having fun,” he says. “It’s so obvious to me and the audience when an actor is having a miserable time doing a movie.”
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“I never set out to make a bad movie,” he explains. “Some movies just turn out bad, and I want to scream, ‘Why did you pick that take?!’ Then there are some movies that I’ve been in that I was sure people would laugh at, that have become huge. I thought The Notebook was going to be a schmaltzy Movie of the Week–type thing, and here we are!” he says, laughing.
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Around this time, Marsden and his family took a vacation to Hawaii, where he met two high-powered child actors: Kirk and Candace Cameron. “We became friends and I was like, ‘I’m in! I have connections!’ ” Marsden recalls, pumping his fists in mock victory. Later, he would visit the pair in Los Angeles and attend tapings of Growing Pains and Full House.
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Marsden was at his local grocery store when he noticed the girl at the checkout surveying him. As he helped her bag his produce, she leaned in close and whispered, “You’ll never believe who was just in here.” Who? “Louis C.K.” squealed the star-struck clerk, and sent Cyclops on his way.