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James Marsden in Manila: The Hollywood Actor Teases 'Westworld' Season 2

"I’ve never had a welcome like this before," the actor says of his reception in the Philippines.
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“I’ve never had a welcome like this before,” Hollywood actor James Marsden addresses the crowd gathered at Manila House, almost every guest nursing a glass of scotch-infused cocktail. “This is amazing!” he adds.

It’s the actor’s first time in the country and while news of his presence in Manila broke just yesterday, he reveals he actually arrived a day or two before that, which is telling of the security detail that brought him in and the privacy he’s enjoyed for at least the past 24 hours.


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Marsden, a versatile actor who is best known for his roles as Cyclops in the X-Men movies, musicals such as Enchanted and Hairspray, and most recently his part as Teddy on HBO’s Westworld, made his Manila debut as the Love Scotch campaign’s newest global ambassador. This announcement comes just in time to celebrate the second International Scotch Day, which will happen on Thursday, February 8.

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What compelled him to front this campaign was his great affinity to scotch. “I genuinely loved scotch for a great deal of my life,” he shares, “Since basically the legal drinking age but I remember specifically the moment when I started to choose quality over quantity.”


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So far, his quick visit to Manila—he leaves today, unfortunately—has left quite the impression on the actor. “It’s been so fantastic. So many wonderful, kind, and generous people. The thing I noticed as soon as I stepped out of the plane [was] how many warm smiles I’m met with and how kind and inviting you all are. Thank you for that.” But before leaving he hopes to enjoy “a little bit of the weather” and sample “a little bit of the food.”

Marsden’s been very busy promoting Westworld’s much-awaited second season, along with a few other projects for the campaign. He’s scheduled to jet off to India right after Manila, but it’s the original HBO series that’s been taking up most his time. “But in the greatest way,” he graciously adds. “I think anybody who’s seen the first season [will be] very very pleased with the second season. I’m excited about it and it’s been a good last seven months of my life.”

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On a more personal note, Marsden was spotted in Milan just last month, offering support for his eldest son, 16-year-old Jack Marsden, who made his modeling debut for Dolce&Gabbana during the Men’s Fashion Week fall/winter 2018 presentation. The gushing father of three expressed at Manila House that he was “so proud” of his son, as evidenced by his Instagram posts that he’s captioned with the hashtag #proudpapa and #oversharingprouddad.

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