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Jury Duty: James Marsden reveals real reaction to Ronald dissing movie

James Marsden played himself in the Truman Show style mockumentary

James Marsden play himself in Jury Duty
Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
13 April 2023
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The Amazon Freevee show Jury Duty has taken social media by storm since its release – with the mockumentary show following the jury of a civil lawsuit case – with one juror unaware that everyone else – from the judge to the bailiff to his fellow jurors, is actually an actor. However, the one actor he did recognize is James Marsden, who plays a version of himself on the show.

Despite noticing James as previously playing Cyclops in X-Men, the show's unsuspecting lead Ronald is chatting to him about movies before innocently slating James' 2020 movie, Sonic the Hedgehog.

WATCH: Ronald and James Marsden discussed Sonic in Jury Duty

While chatting to James, Ronald said: "You're in the movie Sonic? That's the new one with Jim Carrey, right? I heard that was not a good movie… Is it funny or is it supposed to be action?" He later realized that James had a lead role in it, laughing and swearing at his mistake. He later told James that he watched the movie and really enjoyed it, telling James that it was "fire".

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When asked if Ronald's comments stung, James told the Evening Standard: "The opposite. It was like comedy gold… I’m playing the most self-involved, egocentric version of myself and that James is relatively unaware of how entitled he is."

Jury Duty's Ronald Gladden with his dog Meatball© Instagram
Jury Duty's Ronald Gladden with his dog Meatball

He added that he didn't base his character off anyone specific, explaining: "It was like when you hear stories about an actor who’s doing crazy stuff on set, and they’re just so self-involved… essentially, it’s like a satire on Hollywood.” He added: "It’s a celebration of [Ronald] and his character… it was important to me that there was not anything negative [or] bad natured in it.

“He was never the subject of being humiliated or being pranked. He was just surrounded by a bunch of weirdos who had very eccentric personalities and very strange things were happening.”

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