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James Marsden would like another go at Magic Mike

The movie hunk didn't think he'd measure up to the buff strippers in Steven Soderbergh's movie

Actor James Marsden fears he missed out on a major career boost by turning down the chance to be in Magic Mike.

The X-Men: Days of Future Past star, who has been named the World's Handsomest Man for his new GQ magazine cover shoot, has revealed he was offered a role in director Steven Soderbergh's 2012 movie, but he didn't think he would be able to convince film fans as a stripper.

"Soderbergh is one of my favourites, but I didn’t know if I trusted myself to be good enough in this to not have my two dozen lines end up on the editing-room floor," James tells GQ.

"I'd look like a naked extra in this movie. It’s perfect the way it worked out, but that’s one of the only ones (films) I'm like, 'Hmm...' I didn’t know it was gonna be the massive success that it was."

But at least he was offered a role - and didn't get beaten out by another actor. That's something that has happened a lot to Marsden.

"When I was younger, I used to feel like, 'Yeah, there are certain roles out there that may go to other actors who are bigger than me and have more pull'. And that can be frustrating."

But he's more than happy with his body of work: "If it wasn’t me, I’d look at my stuff and go, 'He’s been in everything! Turn on the cable, and he’s on there. Good movie, bad movie, good movie, bad movie!'"

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