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James Marsden regrets turning down 'Magic Mike' role

"I didn't know if I trusted myself to be good enough," the actor admitted.

By Annie Martin
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James Marsden regrets turning down 'Magic Mike' role
James Marsden at the Museum of Contemporary Art gala on May 14. The actor passed on the 2012 movie "Magic Mike." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- James Marsden says he regrets turning down the movie Magic Mike.

The 43-year-old actor revealed in the October issue of GQ magazine that he passed on a role in the 2012 film with Channing Tatum because of self-doubt.

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"Soderbergh is one of my favorites," Marsden said of Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh. "But I didn't know if I trusted myself to be good enough in this to not have my two dozen lines end up on the editing-room floor. I'd look like a naked extra in this movie."

"It's perfect the way it worked out, but that's one of the only ones I'm like, 'Hmm.' I didn't know it was gonna be the massive success that it was," he admitted.

Magic Mike earned over $167 million on a $7 million budget and inspired the 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL. Marsden had previously discussed turning down the movie in a 2013 interview with Independent.ie.

"I did turn it down but it wasn't the lead role," he revealed at the time. "There were a variety of reasons why I did, mostly a scheduling conflict. It wasn't a sexy reason. It wasn't, 'Oh, I don't want to be jumping around in a thong.' I really had no problem with that at all."

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Marsden is instead known for starring as Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, in the X-Men films and as Corny Collins in the 2007 remake of Hairspray. He will play Teddy Flood on the new HBO series Westworld, which premieres Oct. 2.

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