James Marsden Explains ‘The Best of Me’: ‘It’s a Story About Humanity, Love, and Second Chances’ (Exclusive)

James Marsden in "The Best of Me" (Photo: Relativity)

Mercury might be in retrograde, but that doesn’t mean you should cancel any dates you have pending. In fact, it’s a great time to head to theaters, nibble on some popcorn, and watch James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan in “The Best of Me,” in theaters today. The romantic dramedy brings to life another Nicholas Sparks  novel, so make sure you bring plenty of tissues.

What happens when Dawson Cole (Marsden) bumps into his high school love Amanda Collier (Monaghan) twenty years later? The duo renew their relationship but things are complicated, as they tend to be in all Sparks' stories.

Xfinity Latino caught up with Marsden during his promotional tour in support of the film, to find out whether Dawson and Amanda could potentially have a happy ending and how he feels about their pair being compared to “The Notebook” couple Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams).

Nicholas Sparks is known for creating complex and complication relationships. What challenges will Dawson and Amanda face?

"They are reunited after about 20 years. They were together when they were young; a strong relationship but life took them in two different directions. He has a near death experience and starts to re-evaluate his life-- how he lives it and who he will live it with. They actually come back together. She's got a life and she has kids; she's married so that's complicated. He brilliantly weaves that into the dynamic. But I think that's it. There are crossroads in their life and they're trying to figure out who they want to be and who they want to be with."

This is your second Nicholas Sparks film. What do you love about his films and what do you think audiences love about them?

"Nowadays with movies you're getting less and less of a spectrum of films. I think you're getting the superhero movies that are big action/adventure films; which are great and I've been a part of a few of them. Then you get kids films like animated movies. So there's very little adult content in-between, so when something like this comes along-- it's a story about humanity, love, and second chances-- it doesn't rely on special effects or costumes necessarily. It's just simply about people. I don't know, it was just nice to step back into that."

People are already saying that you and Michelle are the new Gosling and McAdams. How do you feel about the comparison?

"Well I like to set the bar low first, and if we get there then great. I wouldn't go shouting that from the rooftops."

Your "X-Men" role is going to be recast for the next film. Who would you like to see play Cyclops?

"I know so little about that whole franchise at this moment. I have no idea. I haven't really thought about it. I don't know. X-Men's been great, its been fun. It was nice to come back and reprise the role for 'Days of Future Past,' but you kind of at this point do it, and you see everybody, you give them a hug and you step into the character then you step out and you move on. So I don't know, I haven't given it much thought. I'm sorry."

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