James Marsden stepped into big shoes when he took on the role of David Sumner in director Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs remake—the original 1971 character was played by Dustin Hoffman. Thankfully, that didn’t make him any less confident or excited to tackle the part.
The actor, whose diverse career includes everything from X-Men to Enchanted to Sex Drive, saw plenty of room to play with the morally ambiguous characters at the center of the grisly revenge tale and saw the remake as an opportunity. I sat down with Marsden to talk Straw Dogs, how he approached the modern interpretation, what it was like working with Kate Bosworth for a second time and, of course, jazz hands. Always bring up jazz hands.