For the past five years, the biggest male popstar on the planet, Justin Timberlake, has been trying to make it as a real actor. He’s starred in some good flicks (Black Snake Moan) and some stinkers (The Love Guru), but now his movie career has really taken flight thanks to a starring role in The Social Network, which has already garnered almost unanimous acclaim from critics and a considerable amount of Oscar buzz ahead of it’s release next month. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, JT firmly addresses his future as a recording artist, and brushes off concerns that his music career could go the way of Christina Aguilera, or suffer the ‘Christina Curse’ as I like to put it.
EW: Are there people you work with who are telling you that you should put another record out sooner rather than later?
Timberlake: [Long pause] When someone starts alluding to that, it gets shut down so fast. It’s like, “Talk all you want. Predict what you want.” I’m talking about people that work with me. “Ask me what you want, but know that I’m going to do what I want.” Does a painter make a painting because he has to make it by December 21st? No, he doesn’t. It happens when it pours out of him. That’s how music is for me. It’s not methodical. It’s so much more of an outburst of emotion. That’s the way my two albums have been. And when it does, it’s like Niagara Falls. I’m constantly creating. I’m into photography, I’m into music, I’m into film. I’m into a lot of things, but I don’t think that every idea I come up with is the greatest idea ever. I don’t have to tweet that I’m going to the bathroom in a song.
EW: Do you think it’s dangerous to wait so long? Christina Aguilera waited four years between albums, and her fans don’t seem to care about her right now.
Timberlake: If you’re asking me, no. I never stop making music. I don’t know what else to tell you, except that I just don’t know [in] what capacity I want to be involved anymore.
EW: That sounds very final.
Timberlake: No. All I’m saying is, in very simple terms, I’ll know when I know. And until I know, I don’t know. Every time I’ve gone against my gut, I’ve made the wrong decision. Call that New Agey if you like. I don’t give a s—. I know that I could wake up next year one day and be like, “Hey, I want to go on tour again, so I want to put a record out.”
As you can see, music is definitely still on the backburner, and nothing has really changed since the last time he said a slight variation of the above statement six months ago. In fact, the only real difference seems to be his level of frustration, which appears to have grown considerably after months of constant badgering surrounding his music career.
Besides imminent release of The Social Network, Justin is also voicing Boo-Boo Bear in the upcoming Yogi Bear movie (which looks horrendous despite a lead role from the always fabulous Anna Farris), is re-teaming with his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher (due for release April, 2011), and is currently filming the lead role in the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits, alongside hottie Mila Kunis.
In other words: don’t hold your breath for a new album.
I love that Justified is so damn good that I can still play it like it’s a new release, when it’s actually eight years old now. That album has been sufficiently satisfying my JT cravings for almost a decade!