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Justin Timberlake blasts his critics

justin-timberlake-gq-2013-600-370Shut the hell up, critics. Stop criticizing Justin Timberlake.

The movie ‘Runner Runner’ may have been awful, but don’t you dare go calling it awful in your stupid trade magazines. What the hell do you think you’re doing running reviews of a movie? Justin Timberlake thinks you’re all dickheads.

“The movie didn’t do well at the box office, so I should quit?” he rhetorically asked whoever was interviewing him for GQ. “Hold on a second,” he continued, “If I was somebody else, you wouldn’t have said that.”

Timberlake is reeling from his first bad week in a number of years. His comeback was well received, and he was the golden boy once again. But making a bad film and following up your comeback album with something not as good seems to have turned people against him.

“I have the number one album this week, and I shouldn’t have released it? Come on, man. You sound like a dickhead…. It just shocked me because, like, you’re trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it,” he said, rather angrily.

‘Runner Runner’ wasn’t just critically panned; it flopped at the box office too, and failure on both of those fronts can really hurt. The movie made $60m worldwide, with a production budget of half that and a marketing budget probably making up the other half. It’s difficult to see how Fox made any money out of it, which was nearly unimaginable considering Timberlake – at the height of his powers – and Affleck – the newly minted Batman – were at the core of it.

But fail it did, and it doesn’t look as though Timberlake’s managing to handle the paradigm of criticism very well. Take the rough with the smooth, JT. And stop calling the critics dickheads.

Personally, I saw that movie in the cinema, and it is bad. Like seriously bad. Like thank-God-a-friend-paid-for-me I-dozed-off-a-couple-of-times BAD!

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  1. john

     /  November 12, 2013

    Haa is not dat bad naa, I enjoyed it but did not stay till d end loll lik u said I dozed off a couple of times too and d Funniest part, someone was snoring at d back whl d movie was going on lolll

  2. kachi

     /  November 13, 2013

    Shuuu.. Walter!! Runner Runner wasnt that bad na. I watched it in cinema too, and no, nobody paid for me and i didnt regret buying the ticket myself. Take ur tym!

  3. Timberlake is awesome. Few music stars can pull off being that extraordinary in movies as well.

    I like his music. I liked his act in both The Love Guru and in Time. Seeing as he was named GQ man of the year yesterday, I don’t see why he flew off the handle.

    To my namesake – tu es awesome. One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one bad movie make you terrible, UNO?


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