Justin Tim­ber­lake, lead ac­tor

Justin Tim­ber­lake tries his hand play­ing the lead­ing man in a provoca­tive sci­ence fic­tion film.

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DI­REC­TOR An­drew Nic­col made an im­pres­sive de­but as di­rec­tor and writer with Gat­taca – a smart, cau­tion­ary tale set in the fic­tional fu­ture that deals with all kinds of prej­u­dices. Now Nic­col turns his at­ten­tion to In Time, which fea­tures a world in which peo­ple stop age­ing at 25. In the world of In Time, time is the most valu­able com­mod­ity, al­low­ing the rich to live an al­most im­mor­tal-like life­style, which is worlds apart from life of the poor, who know their time may be up to­mor­row. Nic­col chose Justin Tim­ber­lake to play the blue-col­lar pro­tag­o­nist Will Salas, who grows up poor only to in­herit time and be rich.

In an in­ter­view tran­script pro­vided by Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox, Nic­col iden­ti­fied the fact that Tim­ber­lake has been work­ing since he was a child as rea­son enough to know the multi-tal­ented artiste could pull off the role of an ac­tion hero in a sci-fi flick.

As for Tim­ber­lake, the role not only chal­lenged him as an ac­tor but gave him a chance to ex­plore the hu­man spirit (Will lives his life not wast­ing a sin­gle mo­ment) and ba­sic hu­man in­stinct to sur­vive (Will is ac­cused of mur­der and is forced to be on the run to stay alive).

The 30-year-old said he im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied with Will. “My mother told me from a very young age: ‘ You have an ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­ity when you step on a stage or per­form, but that doesn’t make you a bet­ter or more ex­tra­or­di­nary per­son than any­one else.’ That was an im­por­tant value to learn. I come from a blue-col­lar neigh­bour­hood out­side Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, where peo­ple work hard for the things they earn, so I re­ally iden­tify with Will in that way. When we meet him at the start of the film he doesn’t have much at all and he val­ues the sim­ple things in life. I have al­ways been that way ... I am an ‘every­man’ be­cause that is how I have al­ways seen my­self.”

Tim­ber­lake started per­form­ing as early as 11-years-old when he par­tic­i­pated in a tal­ent show called Star Search. He then ap­peared in The All New Mickey Mouse Club, and three years later, be­came a mem­ber of the boy­band *N Sync. The band was not just a smash hit, but a step­ping stone for Tim­ber­lake to achieve even more suc­cess when he re­leased a solo al­bum in 2002, Jus­ti­fied, along with a new and sexy im­age. His sec­ond al­bum, Fu­tureSex/LoveSounds, de­buted at No.1 on the Bill­board Charts and had many oh-so-catchy tunes in­clud­ing Sexy­Back, My Love and What Goes Around ... Comes Around. The two al­bums earned him six Gram­mys and loads of fans, world­wide.

He was a guy who could do no wrong it seemed – well un­til the Su­per Bowl and the wardrobe mal­func­tion fi­asco in 2004 (while per­form­ing with Janet Jack­son, she ac­ci­den­tally re­vealed a lit­tle too much of her­self, caus­ing a huge up­roar). But like that time when he didn’t win first place at Star Search, he bounced back from the bad pub­lic­ity to prove mu­sic isn’t the only thing he is good at. He ven­tured into films, tak­ing on smaller parts in Al­pha Dog and The So­cial Net­work be­fore tak­ing on big­ger parts in Bad Teacher and Friends With Ben­e­fits. Tim­ber­lake also has won five Em­mys for his work on the TV show, Satur­day Night Live. Even away from the lime­light, his per­sonal life – mostly in­volv­ing beau­ti­ful blondes – al­ways makes for great fod­der in the gos­sip pages.

Tal­ent aside, Tim­ber­lake is ob­vi­ously driven to ex­plore new av­enues and to be in­spired. He ex­plained: “There is al­ways some­thing new, maybe di­rect­ing, I don’t know. Lis­ten, when I am ac­tu­ally in­spired to do some­thing, I have never been shy about do­ing it. I grew up as an only child and I have al­ways done things on my own. You get this real go-get­ter in­stinct with­out even think­ing about it. When you know you want some­thing, you just do it the best you can.

“It is im­por­tant to al­low your­self the abil­ity to screw up ev­ery now and then be­cause you learn so much from that. But re­ally, I know noth­ing. I have noth­ing fig­ured out. It is like start­ing at zero with ev­ery new project, and I like be­ing there. I think that’s prob­a­bly why, in my ca­reer, I’ve en­joyed be­ing the rookie. I en­joy that feel­ing. I en­joy new things and I al­ways will. I’m fas­ci­nated by so many dif­fer­ent things and I think I’ve reached a point in my life where I don’t need to apol­o­gise for that.”

Like Tim­ber­lake, the char­ac­ter Will is con­stantly in mo­tion. While Tim­ber­lake has al­ways made sure he stays fit – in or­der to keep up his gru­elling con­cert sched­ule that sees him danc­ing a lot – with train­ing and play­ing sports; he did tear a calf mus­cle work­ing on In Time, due to all the run­ning he was do­ing.

“I landed in a funny way film­ing a scene, noth­ing crazy or dra­matic hap­pened. But we had to take a week off. We changed the sched­ule so I could shoot some of the less phys­i­cal scenes that week. When you are work­ing on a movie, you don’t re­alise how much you put your body through un­til the next day. Some­times you work 12 hours a day and you can spend six hours straight just on one scene. Early on, be­fore you start film­ing, you will read a scene that in­volves walk­ing by the ocean and you think that sounds like an amaz­ing scene to watch from the au­di­ence’s point of view and then when it’s time to shoot the scene it’s Jan­uary and it’s freez­ing cold and of course, you never thought about what that would be like.”

In Time also fea­tures Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde and Matt Bomer in the cast list, nine-time Os­car nom­i­nee cin­e­matog­ra­pher Roger Deakins and triple Os­car-win­ner cos­tume de­signer Colleen At­wood. “I was look­ing around while we were film­ing feel­ing like I was sur­rounded by a lot of bril­liance. But I think what peo­ple will re­late to most is Will and Sylvia (Seyfried) be­cause they’ll find so much of them­selves as I did in both char­ac­ters. I found my­self re­lat­ing to both of them very much.”

As for the theme of the film where no­body ages and time is of ut­most im­por­tance, Tim­ber­lake shared: “I of­ten find what makes you awk­ward as a kid, in turn makes you beau­ti­ful as an adult and you can’t em­brace that with­out a level of ma­tu­rity and with­out know­ing who you are as a per­son. I think the most im­por­tant thing is to be com­fort­able in your own skin and know what you have ver­sus who you as­pire to be, and find­ing a dy­namic be­tween those two ideas. The more ex­pe­ri­ence you have in life, the more you re­alise that time is re­ally the most pre­cious com­mod­ity. Time is truly the most valu­able thing that you have be­cause it even­tu­ally runs out for ev­ery­one.”

But for Tim­ber­lake, he likes the prospect of get­ting older. “I like my­self much more at 30 than I did when I was 25. You ac­cept things more and you be­come more pa­tient. I have been re­ally lucky; I have made the most of my luck and I am happy about that.” – Mum­ta­jBe­gum n In­Time opens in cine­mas na­tion­wide on Oct 27.

Real deal:

‘It is im­por­tant to al­low your­self the abil­ity to screw up ev­ery now and then be­cause you learn so much from that,’ says Justin Tim­ber­lake.


Will Salas (Justin Tim­ber­lake) is ac­cused of mur­der and is on the run tak­ing a rich girl (amanda Seyfried) as a hostage in

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