James Marsden thinks 'The Best of Me' has an everlasting appeal.

The 41-year-old star - who appeared alongside Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in the 2004 hit 'The Notebook' - says the decision to accept a role in a second Nicholas Sparks adaptation was based on the movie's timeless charm.

He shared: ''When I make my decisions about what roles I take, I have the tendency to jump all over the place and that is what makes it interesting for me.

''I don't feel like I have done something like this since 'The Notebook'. You also want to be aware of what type of films audiences like to go see. I guess part of me thinks there is a group of people out there that likes seeing me in this kind of role. That plays into the decision making a little bit.''

Although some themes slip out of fashion in the film-making industry, Marsden insists 'The Best of Me' doesn't fall into that trap.

He added: ''Beyond that, these themes are never out of style. These types of films are always something that people want to go see.''

'The Best of Me' is available on Blu-ray and DVD now, courtesy of Entertainment One.