Actor James Marsden, until recently was best known for his role as Cyclops in the X-Men franchise (2000-2014). You may remember him for playing the Prince Charming in films like The Notebook (2004) and 27 Dresses (2008). For HBO’s Westworld, Marsden plays a good old virtuous cowboy named Teddy Flood. In a recent interview, the actor discussed his role in Westworld, and things like singularity and acting in general.
Marsden sat down with Star2 and recalled his first scene with Anthony Hopkins in the show.
“First scene ever with Anthony and I was naked as the day I was born,” the 43-year-old actor said. “But I embraced it. I love those bizarre situations I found myself in Westworld,” he adds.
Although Marsden plays a host in Westworld and like us, he too may empathize with the robots over humans but the actor finds the idea of artificial super intelligence becoming indistinguishable from humans, “terrifying.”
“Singularity would be terrifying,” Marsden said. “What defines being human? When does consciousness begin and when does it end? It starts to twist your mind a bit.”
Talking about Teddy, Marsden recognizes the virtuousness of the character he plays. Teddy is designed to be good, someone who desires a peaceful life. As for what Marsden liked about his role in the show, here’s what the actor had to say:
“I love him working towards that and then getting pulled back and getting killed, reset, and then getting killed and reset (again).” And later added, “The awakening and evolution of Teddy is such a great playground for an actor.”
Since the beginning of his career from 1993, Marsden has been active in both television and films because he “never subscribed to any sort of snobbery about one format being better than the other.” Being an actor is just about the best thing that has happened to him.
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