James Marsden for GQ Magazine
Here’s our one and only “why we like James Marsden” story. It was probably on one of the X-Men DVD “Making of” documentaries, we’re not sure, but the first time we saw him interviewed, he was talking about working with such well-trained actors as Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen and he was clearly in awe of their commanding voices, blurting out with a laugh, “My God, if I had a voice like that … I’d probably have a much better career!” It was so sincerely self-deprecating that it was charming coming from a good-looking guy talking about his superhero movie, a moment not normally reserved for self-deprecation (or even charm). We’ve loved him ever since, even if we can’t say we’ve followed his career all that closely.
There’s your intro. Don’t bother us about a segue. Here he is for the September issue of GQ magazine photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg. We rag on GQ for being unimaginative in their styling sometimes, but we can almost always rely on them to turn out their subjects in impeccable looks, which is more than we can say for a lot of the standard “jeans and t-shirt” guyditorials we’re seeing way too much of lately. He looks fantastic here. It would have been nice to see some variation on the cut of the suit, but we can’t deny he’s got exactly the build for the high-water, tightly fitted version he’s sporting throughout. That last look with the red shirt and socks is fantastic.
Custom suit, $1,495 by Hickey Freeman. Shirt, $320 by Thom Browne New York. Tie, $140 by Alexander Olch. Shoes, $720 by Church’s. Socks by Falke. Pocket square by R. Hanauer.
Suit, $2,695, shirt, $425, and tie, $145, by Simon Spurr. Shoes, $1,250 by Tom Ford. Socks by Smart Turnout. Glasses by Blind Eyewear. Pocket square by Land’s End Canvas. Tie bar by The Tie Bar.
Suit, $598 by Tommy Hilfiger. Shirt, $65 by J.Crew. Tie, $78 by Smart Turnout. Pocket square by Paul Stuart.
Three-piece suit, $1,135 by Gant Rugger. Shirt, $80 by Club Monaco. Tie, $130 by Band of Outsiders. Shoes $850 by Ralph Lauren. Socks by Smart Turnout.
Suit, $519 by Club Monaco. Shirt, $108 by Saturdays NYC. Tie, $90 by Brooks Brothers. Shoes, $625 by Alden. Socks by Pantherella. Pocket square by Paul Stuart. Watch by Junghans.
[Photo Credit: Nathaniel Goldberg for gq.com]