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‘You are the asshole in that movie!’ – James Marsden still gets abuse over Notebook role

Published 08/05/2015 | 10:11

James Marsden in The Notebook
James Marsden in The Notebook
James Marsden in The Notebook
James Marsden in The Notebook
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.

James Marsden has revealed he still gets abuse from Notebook fans for his role in the hit romantic drama.

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Marsden played the love rival of Ryan Gosling's character in the movie which also starred Rachel McAdams as the girl torn between them.

Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel it's an epic love story that has caused millions of women, and men (including Channing Tatum, apparently) to sob.

"It's a very polarizing movie with regards to my character" Marsden told Vulture.

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.

Although some fans tell him they would have stayed with his character (Rachel's character ultimately chooses Ryan's), others are "disgusted" with him.

"I also have people coming up and going like, 'Ugh!' They’re just disgusted by me. Like, 'How dare you get involved with their love? You are the asshole in that movie.' I’m like, 'How is he an asshole?'" he revealed.

Marsden credits Ryan and Rachels' sizzling on (and off) screen chemistry as the reason why fans get so emotionally involved.

"You know, Ryan and Rachel were so tremendous in that movie, and that was such a rare chemistry that they had," he told Vulture.

"When you see that movie and you’re a young teenager, it’s real. Those people really are in love — in fact, they dated after the movie.

"So anything that’s going to get in their way is bad or evil, right? It’s just funny how people carry it with them, like in real life when they say, 'Oh, you’re the jerk in The Notebook!'"

He laughed, "Some people are like, 'I can’t even look at you.' They’re mad at me, James Marsden!"

James Marsden: All-American romantic hero for our time  

The actor is currently starring in The D Train with Jack Black.  He plays Oliver Lawless, a high school jock who headed to LA to become an actor after graduation.

Black's character is fixated on getting him to return to their hometown for their high-school reunion.

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