Justin Timberlake talks sci-fi thriller In Time

Exclusive: “I run a lot in this movie”

Total Film recently sat down with Justin Timberlake to chat about his upcoming sci-fi thriller In Time.

The erstwhile *NSYNC warbler has gradually been building a name for himself as an accomplished thesp, with his turn as Napster founder Sean Parker in The Social Network scoring him new levels of actorly credibility.

As well as having raunch-com Friends With Benefits looking to sew up the date market, Timberlake is making the leap into action and sci-fi with In Time, the latest high-concepter from Gattaca’s Andrew Niccol.

When we asked JT about the appeal of In Time, he told us, “I think Andrew has an ability to use his films to make us look in the mirror. He does it in such a smart way.

“[There’s the story of] the anti-hero who, in turn, is forced to become a hero, but the bigger picture is the society that’s been split in two halves. There is no middle class – there’s the rich who can live forever and the poor who die young, so I think it’s of the zeitgeist.”

That’s not to say the cerebral thriller, which imagines a future in which the aging gene is switched of when you hit 25 and extra time is the most valuable currency, will be boring, with Timberlake adding, “In the midst of all those ideas, Andrew’s created a real thrill ride.”

So, did he enjoy the transition into action star? “I’ve never done a film like this so I was excited to jump into those running shoes- I run a lot in this movie.

“It’s very intimate and performance driven, but it was fun to drive cars really fast and shoot guns and not get arrested for it!”

In Time opens 1 November 2011.

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Is it time to accept JT as a legitimate actor? Or should he be investing his efforts bringing SexyBack to the music scene? Sound off below!


    • SamaElPrime

      Sep 4th 2011, 20:13

      Niccol is a master craftman at what he does, always showing a "humanity-will-be-if", being the best part the fact that the "if" is actually a reality... Timberlake made an outsanding job in The Social Network, so it could really be a win-win for him if he does it right

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    • writerdave87

      Sep 5th 2011, 0:13

      JT is fast becoming one of my favourite actors, he was great in Alpha Dog and Social Network (and actually pretty good in that Edison turkey) and can't wait to see Friends with Benefits and In Time. Plus in all the media interviews recently he seems like a really levelheaded decent guy which is always good.

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    • FBALee

      Sep 8th 2011, 18:28

      Ok, as a huge former Nsync fan, of course I was happy when he plunged into Hollywood, but I had some doubts of how much talent he would possess. Thankfully, he has not disappointed. Southland Tales? Social Network? I even adored Friends with Benefits, and I usually avoid rom-coms. In my humble opinion, he should host Saturday Night Live every other week because he's so reliably hilarious. He might not be the best actor ever, but he has enough charisma to nail his roles. So yeah, I will be going to see this one.

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