A few minutes after stepping off the plane, James Marsden was wondering if he was in the right city.
The 52-story Devon tower in the middle of downtown was new to the Hollywood star as was the new Interstate 40 highway he was driving on.
But as Marsden, an Oklahoma native who is famous for his roles in the X-Men trilogy as well as numerous stints on popular TV shows such as “30 Rock” and “Modern Family” made his way to the deadCenter Film Festival; he said the same old Oklahoma hospitality was there to greet him.
Marsden, who grew up in Stillwater and went to Putnam City North High School, accepted the inaugural Film Icon Award on Saturday from the deadCenter panel. The award was given to Marsden for his successful career in films that has elevated the perception of Oklahomans in film around the world, according to the deadCenter website.
Marsden said he was very grateful to receive the award.
“Hopefully it will be around for awhile and this sets a precedence,” Marsden said. “I'm very honored to receive this award and I can't thank everyone enough.”
Marsden will present his latest film, “Robot and Frank” on Sunday night at Harkins Bricktown Theater. The film has gathered high praise from the Sundance Film Festival and is set to open in theaters in August.
Marsden said he has kept up with the development of Oklahoma City and is excited about where the city is headed and where the deadCenter Film Festival is going as well.
“I'm so proud,” he said. “It's exciting to see the growth and development. The Thunder have obviously been a massive thing for this city and I'm a super fan.”
Famke Janssen was also present at the film festival Saturday as her movie, “Bringing Up Bobby”, which was filmed entirely in Oklahoma, was shown at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art theater.
Janssen directed the film about a European con artist who hides out in Oklahoma with her 10-year-old son Bobby, trying to live the American dream.
“It was two years almost to the date that we were filming here, and since we've been showing it around the world,” she said. “It's just the perfect way right before it comes out to celebrate it; it's just a beautiful ending.”
Janssen said the movie should be in theaters Aug. 12.
The Hollywood sightings didn't stop with Marsden and Janssen, former Saturday Night Live star and actor Chris Kattan was in Oklahoma City for his movie premiere of “Just Crazy Enough”, at deadCenter.
Kattan, who worked with Oklahoma director and deadCenter executive director Lance McDaniel on the film, said he was very happy with the screening of the movie and noted that he heard the audience laughing throughout the entire film.
“The people here were so great and gracious and courteous and sweet and just wholesome people,” he said. “What is love? It's somewhere in Oklahoma.”
I'm so proud. It's exciting to see the growth and development. The Thunder have obviously been a massive thing for this city and I'm a super fan.”