Always Charming, Never Winning the Girl!
You know that handsome guy you’ve seen in lots of movies who seems perfect but never gets the girl in the end?
That’s James Marsden, a fantastic actor who somehow always ends up in roles where he doesn’t win over the love interest, even though he seems like the perfect catch!
One of the most classic examples of this is in the romantic drama “The Notebook.” Marsden plays Lon, a kind and loving man who’s engaged to the leading lady, Allie (played by Rachel McAdams).
Unfortunately for Lon, Allie’s heart still belongs to her first love, Noah (played by Ryan Gosling), and she leaves Lon to be with Noah.
This trend continues in the superhero movie “Superman Returns,” where Marsden plays Richard White, fiancé to Lois Lane (played by Kate Bosworth).
Once again, Marsden’s character is a genuinely good guy, but he can’t compete with the love Lois has for Superman.
In Disney’s “Enchanted,” Marsden plays Prince Edward, a classic fairytale prince. But in a twist, the leading lady, Giselle (played by Amy Adams), falls for a real-world man, leaving Prince Edward to find love elsewhere.
And let’s not forget about the “X-Men” series. Marsden plays the hero Cyclops, who is in love with Jean Grey (played by Famke Janssen). B
ut his love is unrequited as Jean is more interested in Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman).
Despite all these on-screen heartbreaks, Marsden is still a beloved actor. His charm and good-natured roles have won over audiences even if he doesn’t win over the leading lady in his films.
It seems Marsden has found a niche playing the nice guy who finishes last in love, but he does it so well, we can’t help but root for him.
Btw, Marsden isn’t married in real life either but he is currently dating Emma Deign.