James Marsden turned down Magic Mike role over fear he'd 'be an extra running around in a g-string'

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James Marsden turned down Magic Mike role over fear he'd 'be an extra running around in a g-string'

James Marsden reveals he turned down Magic Mike role over fear he'd 'just be an extra running around in a g-string'By Rachel Mcgrath F

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James Marsden reveals he turned down Magic Mike role over fear he’d ‘just be an extra running around in a g-string’

He has a string of successful movies to his name including The Notebook, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Superman Returns and the X-Men series of films.

But one blockbuster James Marsden passed on was the hit male stripping comedy Magic Mike.

During an appearance on James Corden’s The Late Late Show, Marsden, 47, admitted he now regrets turning down the role he was offered in the Steven Soderbergh movie.  

Fear of g-string: James Marsden, 47, admitted he regrets turning down the role he was offered in the 2012 Magic Mike movie about male strippers and said it was due to 'lack of courage'

Fear of g-string: James Marsden, 47, admitted he regrets turning down the role he was offered in the 2012 Magic Mike movie about male strippers and said it was due to ‘lack of courage’

‘There’s been a few things I’ve said no to in the past that I’m happy I said no to and a few things that maybe if I could redo it, I’d do it over,’ the actor told Corden Tuesday night.

Marsden explained he passed on the part due to ‘a lack of courage’.

‘I had the fear that I would be edited out of the movie and all my lines would be cut out and I would just be an extra running around in a g-string,’ he joked.

He added: ‘I have friends and family who still think that it was a wise idea for me not to do it because they don’t want to see me like that.’

Missed opportunity: 'I had the fear that I would be edited out of the movie and all my lines would be cut out and I would just be an extra running around in a g-string,' he joked to James Corden on The Late Late Show Tuesday

Missed opportunity: ‘I had the fear that I would be edited out of the movie and all my lines would be cut out and I would just be an extra running around in a g-string,’ he joked to James Corden on The Late Late Show Tuesday

Box office hit: Magic Mike centered on Channing Tatum's character who makes a living as a stripper at the Xquisite Strip Club in Tampa, Florida, and co-starred Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Matthew McConaughey

Box office hit: Magic Mike centered on Channing Tatum’s character who makes a living as a stripper at the Xquisite Strip Club in Tampa, Florida, and co-starred Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Matthew McConaughey

Relief: Marsden added: 'I have friends and family who still think that it was a wise idea for me not to do it because they don't want to see me like that'

Relief: Marsden added: ‘I have friends and family who still think that it was a wise idea for me not to do it because they don’t want to see me like that’

Released in 2012, Magic Mike starred Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey.

The comedy-drama centers on Tatum’s character Mike who makes a living as a stripper at the Xquisite Strip Club in Tampa, Florida, which was owned by former stripper Dallas, played by McConaughey.

The film cemented Tatum as a leading man and also helped cement the big screen careers of Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer. 

Marsden has most recently been seen on the small screen, in Netflix's Dead To me with Christina Applegate

He's also starred in HBO's Westworld, pcitured with Talulah riley

TV roles: Marsden has most recently been seen on the small screen, in Netflix’s Dead To me with Christina Applegate, left, and HBO’s Westworld, with Talulah Riley, right

Movie star: He also has a string of successful movies to his name including The Notebook, Lee Daniel's The Butler, Superman Returns and the X-Men series of films (pictured as Cyclops in X-Men 2)

Movie star: He also has a string of successful movies to his name including The Notebook, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Superman Returns and the X-Men series of films (pictured as Cyclops in X-Men 2)

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