Being sucked into watching “The Notebook” for the zillionth time it was rerun on Oxygen made me realize how often James Marsden is cast as the “other guy” who doesn’t end up with the girl, even though, as Carrie Bradshaw would say, he is “good on paper.”
Says Carrie: “The good on paper guy is the man with everything you should want, but you run from him to have a fling with a biker who owns nothing and doesn’t have a checking account.”
- The Notebook – James plays Lon Hammond, a rich guy who is a good dancer that looks smoking hot in his military uniform. But Lon can’t compete with the fiery charm of Noah, played to perfection by Ryan Gosling.
- Enchanted – James shows off his pipes in a purple puffy outfit but loses the princess to McDreamy.
- X-Men – Over three movies, James portrays the X-Men leader Cyclops, and becomes the bystander in a love triangle as his girlfriend Jean Grey has increasingly hotter encounters with the best mutant ever – Wolverine.