James Marsden for GQ Magazine

Posted on August 29, 2011

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.

James Marsden for GQ MagazineSuit, $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.

James Marsden for GQ MagazineSuit, $598 by Tommy Hilfiger. Shirt, $65 by J.Crew. Tie, $78 by Smart Turnout. Pocket square by Paul Stuart.

James Marsden for GQ MagazineThree-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.

James Marsden for GQ MagazineSuit, $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]

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  • http://twitter.com/RockShrimp Willow

    In the span of a year, the man was in X-Men, Superman, Hairspray and Enchanted. <3 him.

    • Anonymous

      And he showed a very nice range with those flicks

    • Anonymous


      Also I saw him once at a restaurant in the Valley with his little daughter looking both scorching hot and utterly adorable. Hence, my undying devotion.

    • Anne Slovin

      And he can sing!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

      I mean, he played a Disney Prince. He’s. just. fantastic.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

    I think that he and the suits look great.  What’s the thing with pants length these days; the pants here look too short and we’ve seen plenty of examples where the look to long?  It seems like there is some kind of pant length war I’m unaware of.

  • B. Braddock

    ooh mommy likes!

  • Susan Foster

    James Marsden is made of awesome but is also totally underrated.  And to keep it on topic – I agree that he is totally hot in these pictures.  Especially the last.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure many men can carry off the colorful socks, but on him they look good.  They are not for someone who takes themselves too seriously.  And maybe socks like that will make men stop wearing their pants length too long.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      It’s an old tradition for conservatively dressed men to wear very colorful socks and braces. In the old days of high topped shoes neither article would be seen by the public. Writer Clarence Day called french stockings his father’s “Secret Joys”

  • Anonymous

    And he can sing.  If it weren’t so cougar, I’d swoon a bit.

    • Anonymous

      Ah go ahead. I don’t normally swoon over the youngins either, but I admit to having a minor cougar moment.

  • Anonymous

    i don’t tire (or can’t fathom tiring, i should say) of the london cut… i especially love the contrast socks as an accessory.

  • Anonymous

    The one with the glasses was GUH worthy.  GQ always does a great job with their men.

    • Anonymous

      He reminds me of Guy Pearce in that one.

      • Ariana Batz

        That is exactly what I was thinking! I think part of it is how pronounced his cheekbones look in the shot.

  • Judy_J

    He’s gorgeous.  I especially love the shot of him sitting in the booth with the newspaper and glasses.  Clark Kent, but not so nerdy.

  • Anonymous

    Love form fitting clothing for men.

    Not digging the socks tho.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

    I love love love the colorful socks! I wish every guy dressed like this :)

  • Anonymous

    He is forever Corny Collins for me.

    • Anonymous


  • http://stitchingincircles.etsy.com Tina

    oh my goodness: I want to move to the world where men dress like this. Or maybe it is as simple as moving to Italy?

  • scottyf

    In the Americanized version of Death at a Funeral, in a primarily African American cast, Marsden was the only thing worth looking at. He took what could have been a two-dimensional role and layered it with pathos and depth (well, as much depth as you can get with that kind of role in that kind of movie).  To me, he’s kind a male version of Lucille Ball: an extremely good-looking person with impeccable comic timing who is not afraid to look silly for the laugh.

    And he looks killer in a good suit.

    • Rand Ortega


    • LocMama

      My shallow might be showing, but the nudity didn’t hurt either scottyf.  He was also in Hop doing an ok job acting opposite an animated bunny.  Very handsome young man who looks incredibly hawt in these suits.

  • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

    LOVE.  Yes please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    This is a look you can wear ONLY if you are young, slender, and handsome. He’s doing it.

  • Rick Aiello

    SO in love.  *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    The man is totally delicious, and I’m loving the styling here. I have to say, it’s a rare man who could look good in suits as tight-fitting as these, and most men wearing flood pants just look ridiculous. He, on the other hand, looks suave–in a good way–and confident and…just very, very good. (I’m salivating a bit here. It’s embarrassing!)

    Love the shoes and the colorful striped socks.  My dad used to wear that exact combo. But with longer pants. Obviously!

  • Anonymous

    Mmm, he looks very Clark Kent in the diner-booth photo.  Nice.

  • Anonymous

    Mmm, he looks very Clark Kent in the diner-booth photo.  Nice.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for today’s eye candy.   Love, love, LOVE looks 2 and 5.  Loved him in Enchanted and 27 Dresses. 

  • Anonymous

    Handsome man!  That second pic makes him look like the professor everyone has a crush on.

    But I don’t like the fit of the suits.  Fitted is one thing.  Looking like you went one size too small is another thing entirely, and I’m afraid these fall into the second category.

    • Anonymous

      I agree! Too tight! Love him though.

    • Anonymous

      I agree! Too tight! Love him though.

    • Anonymous

      As a professor, I can only say I wish I worked  with anyone who looked like that.

    • Anonymous

      Yes! I’m a professor and I have a crush on him!

  • http://twitter.com/HotMessHousWife Sammi M

    God he’s cute. I never thought of him looking so dandy, but it’s a great look on him.

  • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

    Oh my garsh. Those first two pictures in the brown suits–YUM. This is the first time ever that I am happy this is James Marsden, and not James Marsters. 

  • Anonymous

    Love him and love the styling, even though the suits are too small.

  • Toto Maya

    Have you heard this guy sing? That’s what made me love him. He’s awesome and can do no wrong.

  • Terence Ng

    Wow, third one down is a total basket shot, huh? *fan*

    • Anonymous

      LOL, yes I noticed that too! 

  • Anonymous

    i know you guys don’t share the love, but that brown 3-piece is doing some fabulous things for me. note to self – get fiance a brown, nubby 3-piece to match the dark gray one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    Crazy socks! Basically, I am done with this editorial.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    I loved him in “Enchanted”. You can tell he loves to make fun of himself.

    • Anonymous

      Your post hadn’t popped up when I posted essentially the same thing!

  • Anonymous

    Though I rarely resort to such language, I can only say, Rawr…

    I loved him in Enchanted and Hairspray. He has a goofiness that helps offset the matinee idol looks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andra.ruscoe Andra Ruscoe

    He’s lovely.  He’s PRINCE EDWARD! 27 Dresses is one of my guilty pleasure faves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andra.ruscoe Andra Ruscoe

    He’s lovely.  He’s PRINCE EDWARD! 27 Dresses is one of my guilty pleasure faves.

  • Pennymac

    Oh Em Gee. Love all of these looks. (Is it hot in here?)

  • Anonymous

    oh my.  oh my.  scrumptious.

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    He kinda lost me when he flaked out on X-Men to make that lame-o Superman movie, but the suits in this spread are gorgeous.  And he looks good in them!

    Also, never thought I’d be so impressed by socks!

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Blimey!  *fans self* I just need a moment.

  • MilaXX

    I like the 2 suits with the striped socks and the last with the red socks. After looking at so many shots of guys who can’t be bothered to dress for the RC, it’s nice to see a man well dressed.

  • http://twitter.com/noelster_sf Noel Adolph

    these shots are gorgeous. marsden is, in my opinion, the only saving grace in the mess of a movie called ’27 dresses’ and the reason why i watch it everytime it is on FX. completely charming. love the styling in these shots, it’s not surprise he started out as a model.

  • Rand Ortega

    Yummy. I think he deserves James Franco’s career & attention, but is far too smart so give up his soul for it.

  • Anonymous


  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    He looks amazingly like Guy Pearce in that second photo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    I think he’s totally adorable and a gifted actor.  I think in one week I saw him in The Heights, and then in Sex Drive, and he was amazing in both.  I enjoy a lot of his movies — even 27 Dresses.  I know, I know.  But he was adorable in it.

  • Anonymous

    he won me over in hairspray.  

  • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

    He is my dream man. He sings, he dances, he kicks mutant butt! *swoon*

    I might have to buy this issue and make me a little collage for my desk. :)

  • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

    Love the second picture!

  • Beth G

    YUM!!!  I do adore him.  And he rocks the 5 o’clock shadow

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume


  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Now THAT’S men’s fashion!

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Wow! Loving those striped socks. Dreamy guy too.

  • Anonymous

    He appears to be packing.

    • Anonymous

      That was the first thing I noticed, too!  Maybe it’s simply the tight suits, but I don’t think so…

  • Anonymous

    He won me over with Hairspray, hands down. What an awesome and utterly delightful performance, seriously. 

  • Anonymous

    LOVE him and he looks amazing in all of these shots.

    One night, my roommate and I were bored/trying to work on homework assignments and papers.  We ended up having an unplanned James Marsden marathon and watched 27 Dresses, Enchanted, and Hairspray.  It was fantastic.

    • Lisa

      Don’t forget to throw in “Zoolander”!  He had, literally, like a two-second part as male model and assassin John Wilkes Booth!  He shoots Lincoln in the head, pauses to give this smoldering look to the camera, and then runs off – it’s hilarious!  

      And I love him in “Enchanted” – so funny and so gorgeous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

    Sigh…….  Oh, he’s perfection!

  • Lisa

    He is seriously so yummy!  One of the things I love about him is – see, I have this thing about really gorgeous people who are also funny.  Gorgeous people are sometimes just that – gorgeous.  They sometimes don’t have a personality because they don’t need one; they have their incredible good looks to fall back on.  But someone who has both great looks and a hell of a personality, and is funny to boot?  Sign me up!

  • Anonymous

    Loved him in Enchanted and Hairspray….he’s looking super hot here rrraawww

  • Anonymous

    Love him. Go watch Hairspray again! My kids love it so we watch it often, and the more we watch it, the more we realize he’s the star of the movie. He’s perfect. (Also, fun soundtrack.)

  • Anonymous

    I don’t pretend to follow menswear styles — but are we seeing the end of pants that are two inches too long in favour of pants that are an inch too short?

  • Anonymous

    Christ on a cracker that Clark Kent shot of him in the glasses with the brown suit and blue striped socks is burning a hole through my monitor. He is smoking hot and vastly under rated.

  • Jenna Gordon

    sweet baby jesus this man is completely and totally lickable, especially in these suits. the photos could be more varied rather than the continuous shots of him giving someone in the distance a smoldering look. the suits are fantastic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1121651290 Angela Murray

    I fell in love with him for Enchanted, which was reinforced by Hairspray. (I love X-men, but I’ve always been annoyed by Cyclops, so…)

  • Anonymous

    I’m not so sure about that face he’s giving (smouldering? brooding? drama queen?) but he’s good looking and looking good. Though I hope this doesn’t encourage the large segment of the population that really shouldn’t wear body hugging high water trousers to do so.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    I like him when I see him, but I’ll admit, I don’t think about him too much otherwise. However, I must say- YUM. 

  • Anonymous

    Pardon my saliva.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE this editorial! He looks fabulous.

  • http://blog.mattalgren.com Matt Algren


    So pretty.

  • Patricia Biswanger

    Why highlight the socks, for crying out loud?  And doesn’t that grey wool suit look too tight?  In fact, don’t most of them?

  • http://twitter.com/warontara Tara

    Oh I love him….

  • Anonymous

    My only complaint is not with the model, but the overabundance of plaid shirts.  A little variation would be nice, and let’s be honest, a couple of them aren’t far removed from “lumberjack” or “1994 Pacific Northwest concertgoer.”

  • Anonymous

    J.C Leyendecker. Someone is cheapening the idea of the Arrow Collar Man. Look up J.C. Leyendecker and see what is frustrating with this photoshoot.

  • http://www.twitter.com/allforusophia AllForUSophia

    Loved him in Heights. He’s one good looking man and very talented to boot! Very well done God!

  • Anonymous

    Love the looks

  • http://rockiinboxxe.blogspot.com/ KUR COL DE DAAB E NUBA

    the suits look too tight to me. 

  • Anonymous

    i wish they made him wear a belt!!! belts are always my favourite part for some reason.
    over all though im inlove with this man, always have been i think you explained him really well TLo!

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

    yes, okay. yes indeed. yes.. very much yes.

  • Anonymous

    Many of these shots were taken in the low-lying areas of Red Hook in Brooklyn that were underwater this weekend. I’m not sure if the black house [in the last photo] was left undamaged. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    I’m dating myself a bit, but he was seriously cute on Ally McBeal, too.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    I love those red socks!  

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    So I’m probably in the minority here, but I just don’t like the tight fit on these suits. Sorry, it just looks….uncomfortable.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Totally with you on that one.  Men in tight fitting clothes is definitely ok, but not when it comes to suits.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

    Does anyone else remember him in Sugar & Spice?  I love that movie, and he’s adorable in it.

  • http://www.2beerqueers.com infomofo

    This makes me think I can go buy a 500 dollar club monaco suit and wear them hemmed to my knees and look great and that is what is wrong with this.

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    His entire body is hanging from his cheekbones…

  • Anonymous

    I’ve loved him ever since he made his character in The Notebook a legitimately tempting alternative to Ryan Gosling. He is so ridiculously handsome, but despite that, so likable.

    And in these pics? I want to eat him with a spoon. 

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan of the too-small suit, but there’s no denying he’s a beautiful man. *sigh*

  • Anonymous


  • http://www.beautifymylifeblog.com Jessica

    Drool. Agree there could have been a bit more variety, but he pulls off this look so well.

  • Anonymous

    Yummy, I’ll take one, please!

  • Anonymous

    i’m really liking the bold paid shirts with the suits, something i don’ oftent see done so well.  the bright socks are a little jarring, but they’re growing on me.  the striped ones are my least favorite.  there’s no denying that he wins the contest for most beautiful cheekbones ever.

  • Phillip Wilde

    I freaking love those socks and want to steal them all.

  • Anonymous

    Not too many men can get away with this look, but he sure can. He’s rocking a Guy Pierce vibe here and I’m liking it A LOT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

    Man I know that face, but I can’t think of a single thing he’s ever been in.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget Modern Family. He played that homeless hipster character with gusto.

  • Anonymous

    I could see Fred Astaire in these clothes.

  • Anonymous

    I see he remembers his modeling days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LizBWilson Liz Baxter

    I LOOOOOVE him!

  • frankystein123

    LOVE the socks.