James Marsden praises Elizabeth Banks' 'comedic talent'

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A reporter's dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money - and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.
May 2nd, 2014

James Marsden thinks Elizabeth Banks is one of the world's ''best comedic talents''.

The 40-year-old actor stars alongside the 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno' actress in 'Walk of Shame' and has confessed he's always admired her as an actress who doesn't rely on her beauty to secure film roles.

He said: ''I've always been a huge fan of Elizabeth's comedic talent. I think she is one of our best. She's one of these actresses that could get roles based solely on her looks, but she's clearly so talented as a dramatic and comedic actress.''

The 'X-Men' star claimed the blonde beauty's sense of humour and ability to understand what makes audiences laugh is her secret to success rather than her image.

He explained: ''She's one of these comediennes trapped in a beautiful person's body ... She gets what's funny about being human. She's great at looking utterly shabby and not looking like a superstar - and in the process, she looks like a superstar. That's why she's great.''

Banks plays a local news anchor who fails to succeed in her personal or professional life until she's persuaded by her friends to go and let loose, which is when she meets Marsden's character and has her world turned upside down.

Marsden admits he's always wanted to make a movie with the 40-year-old actress and jumped at the chance when he was sent the script.

Quizzed on what made him take on the role, he told moviefanatic.com: ''It was less the story than I knew Elizabeth for a long time ... And I wanted to work with her for years. It was like getting together with your family and making a movie.''