Timberlake Responds to 'Stop Acting' Criticisms

GQ Magazine

Though Justin Timberlake is almost universally praised for his singing/performing abilities, the same definitely can't be said for his foray into acting -- and in a cover interview for GQ's annual Men of the Year issue, Justin gets feisty when addressing the common critique that he should quit making movies.

Addressing in part Variety's October op-ed Why Justin Timberlake Should Stop Acting after his film Runner Runner was a box office disappointment, Justin tells GQ, "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***head."

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He then goes a step further, dismissing certain magazines' importance.

"It just shocked me because, like, you're trade magazines. None of your opinions count," he says. "And by the way, none of you can do it."

But he does admit that the criticism definitely gets to him.

"Where did all this vitriol come from? It's mean. And I'm not cut out for it," he says. " ... I grew up with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, so sometimes I find it funny that I've been able to acquire the patience it takes to be kind to people in our business. Because sometimes I just want to f***ing kill everybody."

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And though his film performances haven't always been well-received, it hasn't stopped critically acclaimed directors from working with the 32-year-old superstar -- he can next be seen in the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis (out December 20) which also stars Carey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac.