James Marsden Thought The Notebook Would Be Schmaltzy

James Marsden on the September cover of Out magazine
James Marsden revealed in a recent interview with OUT magazine that he thought his 2004 hit film The Notebook was going to be "a schmaltzy movie of the week–type thing" 

James Marsden is eating his words! The 39-year-old actor — who played the dreamy Lon Hammond in the 2004 classic The Notebook — recently revealed to OUT magazine that he initially thought the film (starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) was going to be overly emotional.

"I never set out to make a bad movie. 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," he said. "I thought The Notebook was going to be a schmaltzy Movie of the Week–type thing, and here we are!" he admitted. 

The Notebook, directed by Nick Cassavetes, was released on June 25, 2004 and is currently the 12th highest-grossing romantic drama of all-time.

And as luck would have it, the film — based on Nicholas Sparks' book — is actually one of the many films Marsden still gets recognized for. "They say, 'How do I know you?' So then I start profiling them," he joked about his various roles. "If you have a 7-year-old girl? Hop. A 19-year-old, college-student-age girl? The Notebook or 27 Dresses. Fanboy geek? X-Men," says the star, whose latest film, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, hits theaters in December 2013.

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