AceShowbiz - James Marsden was so anxious before filming "Jury Duty". The 49-year-old actor portrays a parody of himself in the new mockumentary series, and James has confessed to being extremely nervous before he started filming the show.
"I was definitely sweating bullets going into it. I was like, 'I don't think I can do this, I don't know if I can be funny, I'm going to screw the whole thing up, and what is my life going to be like for the next month?' " he told news.com.au.
James also harboured some ethical concerns about the show, which focuses on the inner workings of a jury trial in the US. The actor was insistent that the show shouldn't be "mean-spirited" in any way.
He shared, "What was this show going to be like? Is it going to be like Joe Schmo? Is it going to be like a Nathan Fielder thing? Is it a Sacha Baron Cohen kind of thing? Those can be a little mean-spirited sometimes."
"I said, 'I don't want to be in a prank show' and [producer David Bernad and creators Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky] said, 'We're not making a prank show, we're creating a hero's journey for someone and we're surrounding that guy with a bunch of eccentric characters and absurd circumstances and we're going to see how he reacts, and hopefully by the end, when we pull the curtain back, we will reveal what a great guy he is and his humanity will shine through.' "
James described playing himself in the show as the "most method" he's ever been in his career. The actor - who previously starred in "Westworld" and the "X-Men" film franchise - added, "You're living this character for a five-hour take every day. I liked that part of it."