Justin Timberlake Goes Off On Critics For ‘Runner Runner’

Justin Timberlake has had one heck of a year. In just one year he has managed to make an incredible comeback as an entertainer. As of right now Timberlake still holds the honor of having the highest selling album of the year for The 20/20 Experience Part 1. In between that honor he reunited with Nsync at the VMAs, hosted SNL for the fifth time, had his own week on his buddy Jimmy Fallon’s late night show, and is a genuine highlight in the Coen Bros flick Inside Llewyn Davis.

One thing Justin Timberlake wasn’t expecting from this year was bombing big at the box office. His film with Ben Affleck, Runner Runner, not only failed to impress critics but no one seemed to really have interest as the film made a reported 8 million on its opening weekend.

Since his box office bomb several outlets have written against Timberlake ever making another film again, let alone a poorly made thriller. Variety even titled an article as “Why Justin Timberlake Should Stop Acting.” His box office bomb coupled with poorly received reviews for his part 2 album to The 20/20 Experience, and Timberlake definitely felt the need to get a lot of his anger off of his chest when he sat down for an interview with GQ magazine.

It was for GQ’s annual Man of the Year issue, which Timberlake pointed out he was feeling less than, having said: “I feel—literally—like a bunch of people just took a sh-t on my face.”

GQ's Justin Timberlake

Timberlake continued to take shots at the media for how they have criticized both his music and his film career, the latter which was considered to be a “cute hobby” by those who were expecting Timberlake to drop it for music when he returned to the scene.

During the interview Timberlake cites Billboard’s words over his second album, “Tell him to leave his second half at home.’ Where did all this vitriol come from? It’s mean. And I’m not cut out for it.”

For most of the interview it seems, at 32, Timberlake still hasn’t gotten a hold of fame. Although it’s easy to say that Timberlake is a savvy businessman, the former Mickey Mouse Club cast mate seems to be uncomfortable with everything that comes with it:

“This recognizable face that you work so hard to get—not because you want the recognition but because you know you’re made to do it.”

Timberlake continues:

“The movie didn’t do well at the box office, so I should quit? Hold on a second. If I was somebody else, you wouldn’t have said that. I have the number one album this week, and I shouldn’t have released it? Come on, man. You sound like a d–khead.”

Well, at least Timberlake can rest easy that he’s currently on a sold out tour.