Playing the hero in In Time — a sci-fi adventure set in a world where people stop aging at 25 and have to earn time to stay alive — has given Justin Timberlake a lot of chances to think about time, including being stuck with a certain look.
“I look back as a lot of my younger years have been documented and I can honestly say that I would not like to revisit,” says the musician-turned-actor.
Of course he says that now, at age 30 — and playing a convincing 25 on screen. Maybe he’ll change his tune after another 10 or 20 years. But for now, movies like In Time are helping keep him young, especially considering all the action involved.
“On top of being a really rich story filled with lots of things, I got to live out a lot of boyhood fantasies in this movie — shooting guns and getting to learn how to stunt-drive,” he says, grinning.
Given the time-sensitive nature of the film, there was of course lots of running involved — which was fine for Timberlake, but not so much his co-star, Amanda Seyfried, who did most of the chases in high heels.
“We debated actually in the middle of a scene her taking the heels off and just running without them, but she would have gotten lost in the frame,” he says.
One pitfall of a high-concept action thriller can be overly expositional, and that was something Timberlake was keen to watch out for, going so far as to consult Andrew Niccol, the film’s producer, about paring down the script.
Saves more time for the running, shooting and driving, at least.