James Marsden


The D Train

Shot in Louisiana, this comedy stars Jack Black and James Marsden. Jack Black plays the president of the Reunion Committee as he tries his luck in pursuing the most popular guy from high school to attend. 97 min. Rated R.

Hot Pursuit

Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon star in this comedy. An incompetent police officer tries to protect the widow of a drug dealer from the harms of criminals and dirty cops. This film was shot in Louisiana. 87 min. Rated PG-13.


Shot in Louisiana, Maggie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. This zombie film is like no other as Schwarzenegger watches disease slowly contaminates his own daughter. 95 min. Rated PG-13.


Jack Black is easily one of my top ten favorite people of all time. He is the front-man of one of my favorite bands of all time, Tenacious D, and is a vibrant and spasmodic actor that fills me with joy. His latest film The D Train was showcased at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was well received.

Jack Black plays Dan Landsman, the head of his high school reunion committee, he has the task of convincing his former classmates to attend their reunion. He was the loser who wishes to claim fame with the help of the most popular guy from his high school, Oliver Lawless (James Marsden).

James Marsden has made frequent stops in New Orleans to film movies including The D Train, The Best of Me and The Loft. Check out The SceneCast episode that includes Marsden’s work out regiment for The Best Of Me here.

The D Train is a dramedy directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. The film also stars effortlessly funny Jeffrey Tambor and one of the funniest females on the planet Kathryn Hahn. The D Train will race into theaters May 8.

Read IFC Films synopsis below:

All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marden’s most outrageous performances to date, THE D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor.




The Loft

Five friends share a newly purchased loft, one that will secretly serve as a safe haven from their married lives. The five friends fall into a pit of lust and adventure until one morning they make a shocking discovery. The body of a dead young woman is found in the loft and the men begin to question each other’s loyalty. 108 min.
Rated R.


Jennifer Aniston takes a dramatic turn as Claire, a woman who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife. 102 min. Rated R.


Art dealer Charles Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) searches for a stolen painting that’s reportedly linked to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. 106 min. Rated R.


TRAILER: James Marsden and Karl Urban in ‘The Loft’

by Jordan McGuire on December 16, 2014

Five friends share a newly purchased loft, one that will secretly serve as a safe haven from their married lives. The five friends fall into a pit of lust and adventure until one morning they make a shocking discovery. The body of a dead young woman is found in the loft and the men begin to question each other’s loyalty.

The Loft was partially shot in New Orleans. The film stars James Marsden, Karl Urban, Wentworth Miller, Rachael Taylor and Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet.

James Marsden leads the way in this intense thriller. Marsden has been filming a lot in Louisiana recently with roles in The Loft, D-Train, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, 2 Guns, Straw Dogs and The Best of Me, which required him to transform his physique. Scene Health and Fitness columnist Aaron Williamson trained Marsden for that film and talked about the experience here. Williamson also has more of his experiences with Marsden on his official website at aaronwilliamson.net.

The film is directed by Erik Van Looy who also directed the original film Loft in Belgium in 2008. The Loft is set to be released January 23, 2015.



photo-2-webThis article originally ran in the 2014 November/December issue of Scene Magazine.

How did you connect with James Marsden on The Best of Me?
I was introduced to him through Denise Di Novi. I met Denise on The Lucky One when I worked with Zac Efron and we’ve kept in touch since. She knew James’ character had to look a certain way for this film so she connected us. James reached out to Zac Efron to get a reference check on me as well and Zac gave me a great endorsement. James ended up working on D-Train (also shot in New Orleans) so he actually started with me about a month before we filmed The Best of Me. That worked out really well because once he started filming The Best of Me, the filming schedule got a little nutty and they were working long hours.

Who is James Marsden’s character in the film and what kind of look was required?
James plays a character named Dawson, an oil rig worker. The character he played needed to have this rough, burly kind of look. Not someone who’s extremely in shape and ripped up but more of a tough guy. The blue collar worker. The guy who goes out, eats like a man and his weight lifting is manual labor. So we tried to focus the training on mimicking that look.

James is a relatively thin guy. He’s got a fast metabolism and it was all about trying to put some decent size on him. I checked out some online images of different oil rig workers and I’ve got a couple buddies who work on the rigs so I asked them what their days are like. They’ve got little gyms on site and they’ve got decent dining facilities where they can eat fairly healthy so I used those as guidelines.

What were some of the goals you set together to achieve that look?
Normally, the biggest part of a transformation is the nutrition aspect but in James’ case, because of his body type, his metabolism and the schedule we had, training was actually a lot more important than the nutrition. In very few instances do ever I say that. Nutrition was still a big factor though as we had to incorporate different foods around the times we trained and then took a couple of supplements that you can buy from GNC or Vitamin Shoppe that helped with endurance, recovery and performance.

photo-3-webWhat were some of the nutrition goals you set together?
When we started out, I really had to understand how his body worked in the gym and with nutrition. He can pretty much eat whatever he wants so with a guy who has a metabolism like him, we had to be sure to eat the right foods around the right times. We added some red meat in, added some carbohydrates around his training time and he drank some aminos while we trained. These are just a few things that helped him build muscle and get through the training sessions because the training was pretty tough. I had him drinking a lot of water too. Being on set and sweating all day can take its toll and dehydrate you pretty quickly. His schedule was pretty hectic so we tried to keep it as consistent as possible with the food. Catering helped us with his meals as much as possible.

What were some of the training goals that you set with James?
His schedule was really sporadic. He was filming D-Train, he was having meetings for The Best of Me and he had his press stuff going on for X-Men, which was really hush-hush. He’s also got a family back in L.A. so he was constantly leaving to go from one place to the next. I knew we were going to have to do some out-of-the-box type training, not your traditional weight training. So we used a lot of volume training, super sets and giant sets, things that to really shock the body, shock the muscle and force it to grow in a short amount of time. There’s more!

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