We know Justin Timberlake has the moves, and the comic timing he’s shown on SNL and movie comedies. Now he’s going to show he’s got the muscle too. In Time is a sci-fi thriller about a world where aging stops at 25, but once you’re 25 you have to buy more time to continue living. Timerblake plays a poor man who goes on the run when he can’t buy any more time for himself. At a press conference during San Diego Comic-Con, Timberlake shared his thoughts on In Time.
The Themes of In Time:
Justin Timberlake: We talked about the idea that we’re all searching for the fountain of youth so to speak. What would happen if we through science could actually achieve looking young and living forever? What [writer/director] Andrew [Niccol] so brilliantly created with that was the juxtaposition of obviously the risk of overpopulation. For lack of a better term, the establishment dehumanizing us by regulating our lives and making time the currency, that when you turn 25, a year on your body clock starts. You’re made aware of how much time you live.
The character of In Time:
Justin Timberlake: I fell in love with the young man that he was, an ordinary person being put in extraordinary or fantastical situations. He wakes up every day, lives in a slum, is kind of an everyday man but poor. He’s got 23 hours on his body clock so only has a day to live, the hypothesis being how would you function, how would you live and those types of extenuating circumstances, to have to beg, steal, borrow, even kill maybe to stay alive. So that’s what attracted me.
The Future is really now:
Justin Timberlake: I think that Andrew has an uncanny sense and ability to use a medium like the films that he writes and directs to. He does them in such a smart way, that’s what I love about this film. Here is an anti-hero who in turn is forced to become a hero and we live through him in this world. The bigger part of the picture is that everything we describe, those are all the causes of how this movie gets started. The effect is that society has been split into two halves. There’s no middle class. I do think it is in the Zeitgeist and that’s not far off.
The action of In Time:
Justin Timberlake: I feel like we’re just describing him as a writer. The other thing that he does that is so amazing to me is that as a director, he has an ability to create a thrill ride. In the midst of that, he has the ability to create a thrill ride and this movie’s really thrilling. It stays a few steps ahead of you the whole time and doesn’t give you a chance to catch your breathe.
Justin Timberlake kickin’ ass:
Justin Timberlake: It gives a different physicality to a performance. I’m from Tennessee and it’s no secret, we like to shoot guns. That’s pretty cool. I was excited because I feel like this movie in particular I feel like is my type of action character to play because he is thoughtful and it’s a very intimate. While it is thrilling, I feel like this movie is very performance driven and an intimate experience as well. You always want to get under a character’s skin but it’s fun to drive cars really fast and shoot guns and not get arrested for it. So that was fun for me.
Justin Timberlake At Comic-Con:
Justin Timberlame: As long as I keep my limbs I’ll be happy. I think that any time you create something that’s a little bit left of center or a bird of a different feather, that’s what I love about Comic Con. It’s my first time here and I’m excited to be here because a movie like this is intense, it’s thrilling but it says a lot. You need an experience like this to sit down and talk about it. We’re really excited to be here. I love movies like this because I want to go to the theater and discover. I think that while what you’re presenting is an obstacle, it’s also at least we don’t have the pressure of existing comic books that tell us what we have to do. I would feel probably way more nervous about that. I have some friends who are about to do that, I just worked with recently, and I’m every excited for them but I know that they’re probably very nervous too. In a way, that’s exciting for us that we are coming in with original material. We do have something that is a little bit different so I’m excited about it.
Justin Timberlake, ladies man:
Justin Timberlake: I have a clause in my contract that says if you put someone as beautiful as Amanda [Seyfried] in a movie, I have to fall in love with her. It’s a thriller that happens to have a lot of different elements.
Justin Timberlake, geek:
Justin Timberlake: We all got some geek in us. I’m into video games. My favorite comic books when I was a kid were Archie comics. I think that’s probably apparent in my mission to make you laugh.