James Marsden Says His Kids Are 'Very Proud of Their Dad' Amid 'Sonic' Success (Exclusive)

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It was a family affair at the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 premiere for James Marsden. ET's Denny Directo spoke to the 48-year-old actor at the film's premiere in Los Angeles Tuesday night, where he gushed over sharing the family-friendly sequel with his children.

"I feel like I am, but sometimes I get a little ahead of myself. We'll see," Marsden said about scoring cool points with his children, Jack, 21, Mary, 16 and William, 9, by bringing them to the premiere. "They're very proud of their dad. And it's fun to go see a movie that I can see and enjoy, my nine-year-old can see and enjoy, my 16-year-old, my 21-year-old. Good, family movie."

For part two, Marsden and the Sonic the Hedgehog cast ventured out to Hawaii, which he called "the dream."

"Not only did we get to do the sequel, but we got to go to Hawaii to shoot it," he gushed, "It's the dream. We always want to do a movie that is internationally, globally loved, and then to come back and be asked to do a sequel -- you want every job to be like that."

In the sequel, viewers will see Sonic team up with his sidekick, Tails, for a globe-trotting journey in search of a mystical emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations, and capture it before it falls into the wrong hands -- specifically the hands of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), who has enlisted a partner of his own, Knuckles (Idris Elba), to aid him in his search of the powerful gem.

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As far as the sequel goes, Marsden, who plays Green Hills Sheriff, Tom Wachowski, and Sonic's friend and pseudo parent, said whatever fans liked about the first film, the sequel multiplies that "by a thousand."

"I want the fans of the first Sonic to know that whatever you liked about the first film, is gonna be multiplied by a thousand this time around," Marsden teased. "You're gonna see a lot more stuff coming in from the video game. Some characters, some newly beloved characters. Some all-time beloved characters, newly minted in this movie."

"Some easter eggs, some good stuff for the fans," he continued. "Introduce Sonic to a whole group of people who are maybe not that familiar with the game, as well. It's a movie for everybody to check out. Your kids, as little as they are. Adults, as old as you are. It's a fun adrenaline rush."

Fans can check out Marsden and the rest of the cast when Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hits theaters April 8.

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