James Marsden Talks "Anchorman 2" in Mr. Porter's The Journal: It Was a Blast!

Posted Friday December 6, 2013 4:53 PM GMT

With his new comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" nearing its highly anticipated premiere, James Marsden scored himself a feature in the December 2013 issue of The Journal magazine.

The "X-Men" star suited up in designer duds from Spencer Hart and Saint Laurent for the Blair Getz Mezibov-shot spread while chatting about his rise to fame and shared details about working with hilarious actor Will Ferrell.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of Mr. Marsden's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to pay a visit to The Journal!

On his comedian career:
"I don't know what happened. I guess I got funny all of a sudden. I like playing characters who think they're great, but they're not, you know? They're misguided, but they don't know it - that's a goldmine for comedy. Their confidence is misplaced."

On his work in "Anchorman 2":
"I play Jack, the cocky hotshot news anchor who has a bit of a competition with Ron Burgundy at the network. It was such a blast. Those guys are such masters of improvisation. It's amazing how unselfish they are. I got the jitters a bit at first, but Will and Adam [McKay, Mr. Ferrell's producing partner] are very welcoming of new talent. They encourage you to come up with your own jokes. Huge safety net. The real challenge was just keeping it together and not laughing. The big prize was getting Will to crack. I did it twice!"

On his move to Hollywood:
"It was a bold step, looking back, but at the time I was just too excited to be scared. When you're young, you don't think about things too much, so you take chances that you might not take later in life. it's more like hills and valleys [from there]. Getting the 'X-Men' was a peak for sure. Starting to do comedies, that was another peak. And this year of course is big for me. But I never get too comfortable. Because there are down years too, and you've just got to keep going after it."

Photo Credit: Blair Getz Mezibov for The Journal