It felt like the 10-year high school reunion. I called them up each individually and said, ‘Hey, what do you guys think about this? If we can pull it off?’ And you know, my pitch was, it’s either going to be really good or really funny, because it wouldn’t be good!
Justin Timberlake Quotes
Y’all go easy on Miley. Man, you know? She’s declaring her womanhood. Let her do her thing, man! Listen, this was not the GRAMMYs. This was not the Oscars. This is the VMAs. This is where Madonna came out in a wedding dress and humped the stage. This is like, you know, Britney did the strip tease. This is where you do it! What did you guys expect?
We're talking about The 20/20 Experience, what it was like to have perfect vision, and I have some songs on the record that allude to vision [including] a song called "Tunnel Vision." So I'm really bad at coming up with album titles, really bad at it. Sometimes I don't even know what to name a song when I get done with it and I'll let somebody else tell me what I should call it because it's whatever stuck in their head.
Yeah. I actually stopped smoking pot for nine to 10 months after that. I was so stoned. If you ask my friends, if they’re honest they would probably say that’s the only way to get me as dizzy as I was. What you didn’t see from the episode, because it was a 45-minute affair cut down to 10 minutes, was me showing up and being like, “What the fuck are you people doing on my property? Get the fuck off my property! Get the fuck out of here!” Then they started rattling off my parents’ address, and I was like, “Holy shit. Hold on a second.” I mean, everybody was got good on that show—me probably the best.
It sounds complicated to everybody else, but it wasn’t to us. Honestly, the only thing I was worried about before I said yes to that movie was being asked that question. I knew at some point we’d have to promote the film and people would say, “Oh my God, that’s so weird that you two dated for four years.” I don’t know what else to say except the truth, which is that we’re friends. We don’t talk to each other all the time, but we respect each other, and on some level we’ll always love each other—but in our new capacity as friends.
We just wanted it to be funny, but we wanted it to look real, too. Most of the sex scenes are actually played for laughs, and she’s such a gifted comedian. There’s a whole scene in which I have to pee during sex, and it gets into how tough that is and how women just don’t understand the completely different parts men have. That was a lot of fun to shoot, but a lot of the time it was just me making a fool of myself. You can’t be shy with comedy even when you’re standing there naked.
It was magical. It was an unforgettable evening.
“Celebrity” is sort of an idea. I mean, I get to do something extraordinary, but I don’t think it makes me extraordinary. That’s my opinion. I like to be an artist, I like to do things that are involved in the arts, but I don’t think it makes me more special than a doctor, for example. A doctor is an extraordinary person. Doctors should be celebrities. We just entertain people. They save lives.
I think it speaks to the level of their quality that they're able to reinvent themselves. I'm also a huge fan of Riccardo Tisci [Givenchy's creative director], so it seemed like a great partnership. I love Riccardo; I love his work. Givenchy as a brand is classic but it's also very modern. It seemed like a very cool thing to do. I don't create notes for the fragrance, I talk in a broader way, more about lifestyle and what I think makes sense for the both of us in this partnership.
I had the honor and privilege last night of attending The Basic School Instructor Battalion 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with Corporal Kelsey DeSantis... I've always been very vocal about my support of our Armed Forces. I've always felt like they offered us the opportunity to live our lives freely without the fear that so many other nations have to endure still to this day. And, they do it without asking for anything in return.
I read something somewhere where the first three years of a child’s life are the most important for the parents and the child’s connection, and right around there, as soon as my parents had me, they divorced. But at the age of five, I did see a man come into my life, my stepfather, and show me the value of stepping in and really being a man and falling in love with a woman, and bearing the responsibility of being a father figure to her son. All of my parents are great.
She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. In my 30 years, she is the most special person, OK? So I protect it, and until somebody shows me what would be more fulfilling at this point, that's what I have to do. I would rather not talk about her, because it's hurtful for me. It's unfortunate that even though you make the effort to say something, which I tried on for size, people do what they want to do.
I wish I could take the credit for it. But it wasn't like that, though I agree that The Social Network was a breakthrough. I have a running joke with friends that I should have a business card that says: 'David Fincher put me in a movie.' It was thrilling being nominated for awards, because I felt the sense of doubt in people when I was cast. And it's true that I auditioned numerous times. But I felt I could do something with it, something subtle. The thing is that my idols have always been the types of guys who could do anything: Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Sinatra, Dean Martin; and when you look up to people like that, you don't accept that you need to be compartmentalised.
Andy [Samberg] and I just got together, and I remember, him and his co-writers, I think one of them said, “What about the old Dick in a Box Joke?” And we were like, That could be funny. Then all of a sudden, I can’t remember who said it, but it was like, “What if we made a cheesy, early nineties R&B song out of it?” I was like, I got that. And we just started writing it. They had written down a bunch of lines. You know, we came back the next day and one of his co-writers had done a bunch of lines. So I just basically modified the lines, added words here and there and put it together like a puzzle and put a melody to it.
Technically, I guess. But you can’t help who you have feelings for. If you turn it off because someone is famous, then you’re being unfair to yourself. You could walk down each of those roads and find pros and cons. The girl from the dry cleaners is not going to understand how I feel about the work schedule and pressures I have. You probably gravitate toward people who understand your scenario. At the end of the day, you just want someone who gets you, who can be a friend. That’s kind of the point of Friends With Benefits. As corny as it sounds, the 'friends' part counts just as much as the 'benefits' part, if not more.
I don't know, to be honest with you. I haven't spoken to her in years. I mean, there's no ill will—I have nothing but love for her. It's funny because we dated each other at a time…wow, I haven't talked about this in a long time. It's interesting.
Everything else has a gimmick. These days, the names are bigger than the songs – people want to see pictures, videos, cameos, collaborations, fame association . . . It's like some übercool party that you can't get into. Now, I know my name is on that guest list, but that's not what inspires me.
They're like chromosomes that just keep multiplying. Sick fucks. It's got to top the list of the world's creepiest professions. I've run the gamut with how I feel about it. I had the confrontation, where I slapped a paparazzo, and that was bad. I had to go meet the district attorney, who slapped the back of my hand and said I shouldn't retaliate with violence. I was like, 'Of course, you're right.' We live in an interesting time where everybody and everything is completely accessible. And I love what I do, but I also love my life and my privacy.
I'd be lying if I said we didn't all know. It was never weird, though, and it was never spoken about. I think it's more about his self-acceptance than anything. I'm happy for him. At the same time, Lance is his own person, and the question has been thrown my way plenty of times since he announced it. At the end of the day, I don't feet like I should be bothered about it. He's my friend, and I'll always support and protect him.
The fact of the matter is, I've had a good year, a really good year, especially with my music, even me personally. I don't feel like I need publicity like this. And I wouldn't want to be involved with a stunt, especially of this magnitude. I immediately looked at her, they brought a towel up onstage, I immediately covered her up. I was completely embarrassed, just walked off the stage as quick as I could.
Honestly, I mean, you know, we're not perfect. I don't judge anybody. It's just young love ... It was a very intense relationship -- that's for sure.
But as far as body parts, I'd probably say I'm a butt guy. I'm not going to fight it. I like some junk in the trunk.
I've been depressed before. But I never resort to drastic measures. The best thing I do is soak myself into Britney. She's kind of like my safe haven as far as all of this hoopla goes.
I told them from the get-go, 'Look, I've done sketch comedy. I haven't done a lot of serious acting. It's a TV movie, it's not Shakespeare.