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Hollywood stars light up deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City

James Marsden, an Oklahoma City native and Hollywood star, received an award Saturday at the deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City.
by Adam Kemp Modified: June 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm •  Published: June 10, 2012

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.”

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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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.”

James Marsden


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