Now can this guy act? No really? Please someone tell me because I do not know!
Anyone can act. I acted when I was like 8. I had one line. I nailed it.
apparently he was good in alpha dog, and he is in that facebook film
I dislike his music persona so when he turned to acting, I was ready to scoff. Black Snake Moan proved me wrong. He gave a strong and touching performance in that film, which remain his best. Yes, he was also effective in the Social Network.
I have yet to see any of his dramatic performances, but I know he can do comedy quite well. And from everything I’ve seen, anyone who can do comedy can do drama, if they allow themselves to. Examples: James Stewart, Dick van Dyke, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Steven Fry, Adam Sandler, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Woody Allen, John Cusack, Hugh Laurie, the list goes on and on. In fact I can’t think of a single funny person in Hollywood who failed at doing a dramatic role (Dane Cook doesn’t count because Dane Cook isn’t funny), but I can think of many dramatic actors who failed at doing comedic roles.
I think he can. There’s a lot of good and complicated stuff going on inside that young man.
Amongst the best actors of our times and all times.
A disgusting singer who turned into an even more disgusting actor (what the fuck, an actor? I can think of dozens of actors across the world and Timberlake has become more fucking popular? Sheesh, will America be the center of world forever?) To think I see James Stewart’s and Woody Allen’s names next to Adam Sandler and possibly next to Justin Timberlake is to puke for.
I thought this was a fill-in-the-blank thingy.
Can Justin Timberlake eat shit and die or at least just fade into oblivion?
@Dimitris: I actually hate Adam Sandler as a comedian, but he is a very talented actor, even though his dramatic films are lacking as well. I had no intention of suggesting he is on the same level as Stewart and Allen, I just was using every example that came to my head. Sorry for offending your delicate sensibilities.
Well, when singers appear in music videos, essentially, they are acting. When Justin Timberlake was at the Super Bowl with Janet Jackson, he was acting. The whole publicity stunt at that halftime show…done soley to boost Janet’s sagging career. Justin Timberlake has wildly overblown facial expressions, zero charisma…he cannot act, period. And I don’t care to waste my time watching any crap he puts onto a Hollywood movie screen, because quite frankly, he doesn’t deserve my achtung.
Anybody who thinks J.T. is a “great actor” should witness the like of Peter Finch, Marlon Brando, George C. Scott, James Stewart, Charles Chaplin, Sir Alec Guinness, Donald Sutherland, Graham Kennedy, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Takeshi Kitano, Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert DeNiro, Dennis Hopper, Clint Eastwood, Harvey Keitel, Diane Keaton, Franka Potente, Jack Thompson, Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp, Giancarlo Giannini, Herbert Lom, Jeff Goldblum, Anne Bancroft, Julie Christie, Charlton Heston, Ewan McGregor…
Just a bunch of random names…pick one, any of them can act better than J.T. Even that Paul E. Shore fellow could out-act Justin Timberfake. What a dud. He belongs way down there with Mark Small-Turd…you know, that Marky Mark character.
Horrible people giving horrible performances as they travel the globe promoting their piece-of-shit movies that clog cinema screens as genuine classics are forgotten and left in the dust.
One word: shameful. These performers don’t love movies, they love money. Let them get jobs as accountants and leave movies alone.
“I actually hate Adam Sandler as a comedian, but he is a very talented actor”
An actor IS a comedian as much as he is a dramatic persona. Delicate sensibilities? Nope, just let’s not annihilate the Art of Acting with names like Sandler, Wilson and Cusack.
Although Vanselow’s list would have minor protests any other day by myself (mainly for Heston, Hopper and Goldblum (?) ), all those folks here have played either in more acclaimed or at least in some memorable films by a couple of worthwhile directors (yes, even Goldblum with Cronenberg), what has Timberlake achieved? To play for David Fincher? That’s the magnum opus of his acting career?
John Cusack is definitely a very good dramatic actor. He does not deserve your disdain, Dimitris.
^ You named Curtis, Seymour Hoffman, Keitel…these are some of the good and with Keitel great dramatic actors of any generation (in the Anglophone world at least), for starters. I’m not sure a Woody Allen or Stephen Frears film improves my “appreciation” for mister Cusack, which is neither hot nor cold, because there are dozens as I said neglected actors (and actresses) from across the globe to take a good look at instead of scrutinizing John Cusack’s acting “skills”.
(no matter if it’s worthier to look at these skills than the likes of a smiley dork like Timberlake is)
John Cusack was arguably the best Woody Allen ‘stand in’ though. He was great in Bullets Over Broadway, i’ll give him that much.
Recognizing that Timberlake has given some strong performances is not the same as declaring him a “great” actor. Likewise just because Sandler found an ideal role and excelled in Punch Drunk Love, it does not follow that they should be compared to acting legends.
At least in the Anglophone world, Dimitris?
It might surprise you to know Harvey Keitel has worked in non-Anglophone cinema.
He’s a great actor in any language, any country. Stop whining about Anglophone this, Anglophone that. It gets stale rather quickly. The Greeks had their Golden Period, as did the Romans, the Egyptians…just get over it already, most of the world speaks English, boo-hoo. So do you, so stop complaining. I’m blue-eyed (one in five), left-handed (one in nine) and a flawless genius (one in a billion). So I’m entitled to be in a convenient majority once in a while.
Never saw Justin Timberlake act, but apparently John Lydon wants that Justin plays him in a film adaptation of “Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs.”
Don’t think that he was kidding (he mentioned it in several Interviews), but doubt it will ever happen.
So.. Can Justin Timberlake play Rotten?
There are only seven billion people in the world.
One in a billion are flawless geniuses.
There are more than seven people on this board.
…Damn. There goes my chances.
“It might surprise you to know Harvey Keitel has worked in non-Anglophone cinema.”
He has primarily worked in his own language but that’s beyond the point here, I can also say the same for Mastroianni but he primarily belongs to the Italians, not to anyone else, please shut your little mouth and think for a while, narcissism is bad for your petty intellect.
“The Greeks had their Golden Period”
What was that exactly? A period of cities-states where there was no Greece, only regions? All countries have ZERO GOLDEN PERIODS, they only have artists and spirituality and worthwhile art, either in small or huge quantities. if you want to stay a close-minded Anglophone, stay as you like, you’re no different than my co-citizens who hate to listen any language but English in films.
“just get over it already, most of the world speaks English, boo-hoo.”
It doesn’t get stale at all, your kind destroys free and border-less Art. The world used to speak Latin as well but they hardly considered Latin-based authors as their numero uno priority. Learn your facts worthless piece of narcissist and then come back and talk about history and art.
“as did the Romans, the Egyptians”
I repeat: all countries have worthwhile assets, not just fucking America, because most of the names you yelled are fucking American names. Just because fucking commercialism has killed art and brainwashed the fucking public that American music, theatre, literature and films are the “bestest” in this fucking earth, it doesn’t mean I have to buy this fucking propaganda.
The majority must die.
““It might surprise you to know Harvey Keitel has worked in non-Anglophone cinema.”
He has primarily worked in his own language but that’s beyond the point here, I can also say the same for Mastroianni but he primarily belongs to the Italians, not to anyone else, please shut your little mouth and think for a while, narcissism is bad for your petty intellect."
yeah Dimitris wouldn’t know that Keitel has worked in ‘non-Anglophone cinema’, even though he has made a film with Greece’s most famous director ;-)
step up your game Dim! for fucksake!! ;-0
“…you’re no different than my co-citizens who hate to listen any language but English in films.”
Maybe you should try READING my profile. I’m an annual patron at the Festival of German Film.
I’ve told you to read it several times but you’re totally ignorant. So Dim says someone who goes to the Festival of German Film hates non-Anglophone cinema.
Dim: you talk BULLSHIT.
I absolutely LOVE hearing German (and other languages) in films!
Also, I just saw “Baaria” and “Draquila” at the Italian Film Festival this past weekend.
If I hate non-English cinema, why do I have several non-English language films in my favourites?
You make no sense, so now you will use the word “fuck”, “narcissist”, “Anglophone” and “bestest” in random order like a fat bastard sweaty grandfather from a Fellini film with a souvlaki up his clacker in an attempt to show how “cultured” you are.
Quite a few non-American names in there—so what if the majority are American? It’s a majority, but not an overwhelming one. I could easily do another list and put together one with all non-American names. However, I shall not exclude Americans just to be Yankee-phobic.
I included a couple of Australian names such as Graham Kennedy and Jack Thompson (Peter Finch, maybe, but he was born in England)…not that you’d know who they are, Mr. Ebert…but you act like you know everything else!
Note, Dimitris: Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Colin Friels…all born outside Australia.
“Note, Dimitris: Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Colin Friels…all born outside Australia.”
So? Are those “experts” any worthwhile? I’ll take Sam Neill any day from the native Australians (and no, Friels’ quality shouldn’t be named next to that idiot Gibson) even if he has declined lately. And YES, I’ve seen who Graham Kennedy is, I happened to have seen at least Don’s Party and Killing Fields and I never denied his acting skills (although largely TV-based actors I avoid, from any country that is), please don’t imply things when they’re not there at all. (what is your knowledge of Greek actors? Aliki Vougiouklaki, a commercial whore? Or Nia Vardalos, another commercial bitch?)
“Maybe you should try READING my profile. I’m an annual patron at the Festival of German Film.
I’ve told you to read it several times but you’re totally ignorant. So Dim says someone who goes to the Festival of German Film hates non-Anglophone cinema."
No, my saying of you being similar to the likes I see isn’t that you hate to listen non-English language films as a notion but the fact your references sideways deal with American pop-culture in its entirety, then I guess you cannot trust someone who thinks Anglophone actors and actresses are above all else unless of course some “foreigners” are popular enough to reach the heights of the Anglophones, as if cinema and theatre have become a luxury to this “language” and only. Overwhelming it is, that’s why we deal with people like John Cusack and Bo Derek instead of Fernanda Montenegro and Bekim Fehmiu, true acting talents. Many people around my parts also respect some non-English language films but their respect equals the amount of someone who says “oh, I suppose Carlos Gardel is good enough, let’s go back to our darling Bob Dylan now, now that’s a legend”.
“like a fat bastard sweaty grandfather from a Fellini film with a souvlaki up his clacker in an attempt to show how “cultured” you are.”
I’m thankfully not an illiterate insult-bag like you are. Moreover, souvlaki is not a Greek food. You’re insulting the wrong culture you philistine. Read more and don’t be so narcissistic next time because you’re as creepy as Timberlake’s smile is creepy.
Musicians, like actors, are performers, and a good performer can adapt to acting. Timberlake is an incredibly talented singer, I interviewed Craig Brewer for my college newspaper when BLACK SNAKE MOAN was about to come out, and he went off on people who blindly naysay Timberlake just because he’s a popular pretty face from N-Sync and The Mickey Mouse Club who is cool to hate, and his performance in BLACK SNAKE MOAN proved that he’s more than capable as an actor, and his work with The Lonely Island has proved that he can do comedy very well (I also happened to think he was a lot on fun in SOUTHLAND TALES, but I’m one of the only people that likes that movie). I think his decision to leave his music career behind in favor of focusing on acting is a mistake since he is such a talented musical performer, but becoming more skilled in other areas isn’t a bad thing.
Timberlake kinda comes from an older version of the Hollywood system where actors had to learn how to sing, act and dance in order to make films. Is he the next James Cagney? Probably not, but his d*ck in a box thing with Andy Samberg was pretty funny. I wouldn’t run out to see that film based on his performance, but I think the reason why Fincher chose him is that he could bring the smarm the character needs.
I’ve never seen Timberlake do anything. Nor do I care to.
@Pierre: I agree, it’s an old pre-Brando school of Hollywood performance, Zac Efron is another actor that has those traits. Neither of them are anywhere near as charismatic as Cagney or many other old Hollywood stars, but they’re certainly multi-talented which is more than you can say of a lot of working actors today.
well, at least he has a really good sense of humor. can’t say that about a lot of people.