James Marsden on Sonic and His Advice for the MCU’s Cyclops

In Sonic the Hedgehog, James Marsden plays Tom Wachowski, a small-town sheriff tasked with accompanying super-fast Sonic (Ben Schwartz) to San Francisco. As the film’s non-CGI, non-Jim Carrey straight man, Marsden doesn’t have much of a chance to go fast himself, so naturally, when we sat down with the actor we asked if he had any handy, ultra-quick skills. The answer is…less family-friendly than the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.


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Eventually, as most conversations in 2020 do, we turned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marsden offered up some advice for any actor who steps into the role of Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, in any hypothetical future X-Men movies.

Check out what James Marsden had to say in the player above, and below is exactly what we talked about. Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters on Friday, February 14. For more coverage out of the Sonic junket, here is Ben Schwartz on playing the character (plus his love of Target t-shirts) and Jim Carrey on a possible Truman Show sequel.

  • Is there anything James Marsden can do really well, really fast?
  • When he looks back on his career, is there anything Marsden remembers being on his professional bucket list that he got to check off?
  • sonic-the-hedgehog-posterAfter playing Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, in four X-Men movies, does he have any advice for someone stepping into the role for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Here is the official synopsis for Sonic the Hedgehog:

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

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