Not everyone was bummed that he turned the role down, though.

Arielle Tschinkel
Jan 08, 2021 @ 11:44 am
James Marsden
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Though Magic Mike and its sequel, Magic Mike XXL, famously feature some of our favorite Hollywood charmers, it turns out that one of our all-time celeb crushes actually could have been featured, but he turned down the opportunity. James Marsden recently dropped the major truth bomb that he was offered a role in the 2012 hit, but he turned it down out of "fear."

Marsden appeared on the January 5th episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden, and he opened up about projects he's passed on in his film and TV career, revealing that while he was "happy" to say no to certain things, he seemingly regrets passing on Magic Mike.

"I was offered a role in Magic Mike," he told Corden. "I had the fear that I would be edited out of the movie, that all my lines would be cut out and I would just be an extra running around in a G-string" adding, "I think it was a lack of courage on my part."

He went on to admit, "I should have just done it," but joked, "I have friends and family who still think it was a wise idea for me not to do it because they don't want to see me like that."

Of passing on the role, Marsden added, "I could have jumped in and had fun with that, more often than not [in his career], I'm happy when I look back and I've avoided some pitfalls."

We're fully bummed to hear that, because we also agree he would have been fabulous in the film, which told the story of a group of small-town strippers and was loosely based on Channing Tatum's real life experiences. Here's hoping Marsden and Tatum someday star together in something—Hollywood, hear our calls. We need this and we deserve this.