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Whether you know him as Cyclops from the X-Men, Teddy from Westworld, or Criss from 30 Rock, you almost certainly know James Marsden. Heís the guy with the leading man looks and the acting chops to back it all up.
I first met James a little over a year ago when he dropped by HODINKEE HQ on a trip to New York City. As you might expect, the guy is charming as hell Ė when he walks into a room, he owns it, whether heís trying to or not. This can be a little intimidating, just as you'd expect. But then you get talking to James and realize that heís actually just as big of a nerd as the rest of us. Sure, he has been an IWC brand ambassador for a few years, but heís full-on watch crazy, rattling off reference numbers and talking movement preferences like itís nothing. Why do you think he wanted to come to our office in the first place?
There was never any question that we needed to get him on HODINKEE Radio, and during a recent break in his shooting schedule we were finally able to make it happen. Iím a huge Westworld fan, so obviously I couldnít help but ask James about the show and what it was like to play an android cowboy, but we also get into his early career, his obsession with espresso machines, and why we both think that most things become more fun the deeper you get into them.
Iím just going to go ahead and say it up front Ė I donít think this is the last time youíll be hearing James on this show. If I hadnít had a flight to catch, I think we easily could have talked for a few more hours.
We hope you enjoy Episode 36 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Wrist Check

I promise I didn't ask James to wear this watch to our recording, but I definitely wasn't disappointed when he rolled up with the IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "HODINKEE" on his wrist. In case you missed it, this is the limited edition collaboration we launched with IWC back in February, just a few weeks before James and I sat down. It's got a 39mm case made of Ceratanium and a time-only dial inspired by the original Mark XI. Paired with a denim shirt and a good sense of humor, it's just about the perfect daily-wearer.*James tends to prefer watches with smaller cases and understated looks, so this one was a no-brainer for him.
Show Notes

X-Men Trailer
Hairspray Trailer
A. Lange & SŲhne
Westworld Season 2 Trailer
IWC Talks To James Marsden
The New IWC Manufakturzentrum
HODINKEE Radio with Chris Grainger
Coffee Geek
James' IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "HODINKEE"
James in Anchorman 2
Petersen Automotive Museum
The Broad