James Marsden and Joel McHale have a mutual man crush

James Marsden is sexy. So sexy that (at least) one other straight male star has taken notice.

The "Westworld" leading man, 43, receives a lot of attention for his -- let's just call it what it is -- perfect face. But, he told AOL Entertainment, he's come to realize that when men say, "My wife has a crush on you," it's sometimes a bit of a cover.

"Sometimes guys have a problem expressing their admiration for another guy. 'Oh, my wife likes you,'" he told AOL Entertainment as he prepared to face off against Joel McHale in Doritos' Bold or Boom Challenge. "What they're trying to tell you is that they have a man-crush. Which, not to put too fine a point on it, might be the dynamic today."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor James Marsden attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor James Marsden arrives at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actor James Marsden attends The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 30: Actors James Marsden (L) and Evan Rachel Wood at HBO's 'Westworld' FYC panel at the Saban Media Center on May 30, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Actor James Marsden attends the premiere of 'Westworld' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 25: Actor James Marsden attends the 'Westworld' event at the Paley Center for Media's 34th annual PaleyFest at Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 13: James Marsden and ;Emma Deigman aka Edei arrive at the UCLA Institute of The Environment and Sustainability celebrates innovators for a healthy planet held at a private residence on March 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 25: Actor James Marsden attends The Paley Center For Media's 34th Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles - 'Westworld' screening and panel at the Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Actor James Marsden arrives for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor James Marsden attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 19: James Marsden attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week. Held at Palais Royal on January 19, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 17: James Marsden visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 on January 17, 2017 in Geneva, . (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actor James Marsden attends the GQ Men of the Year party at Chateau Marmont on December 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: James Marsden arrives at the The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Actor James Marsden attends the premiere of 'Westworld' at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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So are the feelings reciprocated? "I think it's a mutual admiration society, me and Joel," Marsden said. "Joel used to play quarterback in college at UCLA. He's a stud. Definitely got my own little man crush." (McHale was actually a tight end at University of Washington.)

McHale confirmed the two-way attraction, adding that his own wife might be a bigger fan of Marsden than she is of him. "He's so cute," McHale said.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21:  James Marsden, left, and Joel McHale helped Doritos take over MTV's Fandom Fest with the "Bold or Boom Challenge" -- an obstacle course of epic proportions. The event pitted Marsden's Team Nacho Cheese against McHale's Team Cool Ranch, bringing to life the age-old debate between fans of the two flavors. Ultimately, Team Nacho Cheese prevailed at PETCO Park on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for MTV)

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Marsden and McHale sparred against each other at the event, but there's a much larger showdown looming ahead: HBO's "Westworld" is up for an impressive 22 Emmy nominations -- but it'll face stiff competition for Best Drama.

Marsden admitted he's nervous to face off against Netflix's "Stranger Things" for two big reasons: He's a big fan himself, and the kids are just so adorable.

"That's never an attribute that you want to be up against, cuteness. Little kids, puppies and kittens," he said. "I'm very happy for them ... just as a fan myself of the '80s throwback, nostalgia, Steven Spielberg, 'E.T.' kind of feeling. It hit my heart, right smack dab in the bulls-eye, and I love the show. It's definitely my generation and my speak, so I love it."

As the Emmys drama heats up, Marsden will be distracted by his own work since production's just begun on season 2 of "Westworld." Understandably, he struggled to give AOL Entertainment a preview without giving anything away.

"I do know a few things. I do know that there will be movement with Teddy. Well, maybe that's not the right way to describe it. Boy, I don't know how to tell you without getting in trouble!" he said, laughing. "[Teddy] took a little longer to reach his sentience and his awareness, and his awakening happened kind of later in the season ... It'll be interesting to see if he does start to truly wake up in the middle of all this insanity."

And he has some advice for fans: Stay off the internet. "You look on Reddit and someone's figured out where it's going, so that's kind of a bummer," Marsden said. "I always encourage fans to let the show come to you because it's that much more gratifying and rewarding."

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Actor James Marsden arrives for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor James Marsden attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor James Marsden attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TNT)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor James Marsden attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for People Magazine)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor James Marsden attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor James Marsden attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_012 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TNT)
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