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Nude scenes in ‘Westworld’ drive James Marsden to the gym

We blushed! In an interview, ‘Westworld’ star tells Herworldplus his gym and training sessions, being naked in front of Sir Anthony Hopkins and his simple life philosophy.

You may remember James Marsden as Cyclops in a superhero flick, but he’s also gone on to do comedic roles in movies like ’27 Dresses’, ‘Hairspray’ and on top of that, a singing stint in ‘Enchanted’. James is now riding high on the waves of HBO’s popular TV series ‘Westworld’, where he plays a robot host who wants a simple life with a female character named Dolores, played by Evan Rachel Wood. The handsome actor was in Singapore this week to promote the show and we got first-hand account with him about the show. Spoilers ahead though, so you may want to catch up on the series first!

On his nude scenes

“I find the best thing in ‘Westworld’ is to just dive in and go for it. If you have any apprehension or hesitate, it won’t be as fun. Evan, Thandie, Rodrigo, Jeffrey, all of us at some point or rather another, end up nude talking to people, so it’s part of the character you’re playing and you learn to not be too shy in this business.

It’s amazing when you know you have to be naked right opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins; that gets you in the gym pretty quick! I was taking some time getting into the gym to get into shape as quickly I could, with the time I had. Beyond that, I spent all my downtime with a gunsmith, learning how to properly shoot, twirl and do all the [pauses] you know. You’re not always pulling the gun and firing; you’re sometimes riding a horse at full speed and you’re firing two guns or sometimes you have a knife! It was fun! Riding a horse, it took me some time practising, getting comfortable on a horse; I mean, I grew up riding horses a little bit when I grew up in Oklahoma, but I was self-taught. This training is properly done and you’re learning all this tricks. Teddy is programmed to do things fast so me as James Marsden, had to learn to do things fast. And when he gets his shirt off, he’s a park attraction so he’ll probably need to look good [laughs], so that’s my training I guess, learning how to be a real cowboy and look decent when you’re naked.”

Changing robotic expressions is like changing car gears

“It’s really just like a gear shift; as an actor you know when, like in a scene with Anthony when Ford programmes a new narrative in that moment, it’s immediate and it hits you so you pretend the director says ‘action’ for your new character and storyline. So you’d have to make that shift seamlessly but believably as well. When I did the scene with Tony (Anthony), he asks me, ‘do you know Wyatt?’, and I said ‘no’, and he programmes me and I know him now, and ‘now’ means ‘action’, and why I have a disturbed face without giving away too much about it. Evan and Thandie and their sort of rise to evolution is happening a little faster than mine, and the other hosts; Evan actually called it ‘acting-olympics’, like an acting decathon: you have to do this, and this and that and different modes. But it’s something we do every day anyway, when we play different characters and switching gears like that.”

On a favourite sci-fi flick he observed for his preparation for his role as a robot host

“I don’t have a favourite sci-fi film but I thought the movie ‘Ex-Machina’ was my favourite film of the year; it came out about the year we shot the pilot. I thought it was classic science fiction; it was cerebral, thought-provoking and good commentary on where we’re going with A.I., and brilliantly acted and directed. I thought it was something brilliant to watch; I think Alicia Vikander played in it.

James Marsden’s simple motto in life

“I think it would be similar to what Teddy’s, which is a peaceful, healthy life of goodness. I want to be a good man, I want to make good decisions and bring peace to my world. We share a lot of that, I think Teddy and I are similar like that. You know, I love what I do, I love being to have opportunities to be in shows like this, and it doesn’t come along very often. To be able to continue that, and be looked upon as a valuable player in a big, massive picture of it all, in a career space, that’s important to me. And to be a father! I’ve no idea if that’s down Teddy’s timeline or not [laughs].”

Final episode of ‘Westworld’ airs same time as the U.S. Monday, 5 Dec, at 10am, with a same day primetime encore at 9pm, exclusively on HBO (StarHub TV Ch 601).

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