Last night the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) was live from Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays center. As usual MTV promised an amazing show and many OMG moments. While many of the performances were lackluster and the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke grind session was just a hot mess, there was one bright spot in the show: Justin Timberlake. Justin treated his fans and peers to an almost half hour trip down memory lane when he stole the show and turned it into the Justin Timberlake experience. He even went back to his 90’s boy band days and brought the members of NSYNC out to perform with him, even though it was a short reunion performance, it was still cool. What last night showed everyone is that HE is a performer and will one day be called a legend. Already he could easily go down as one of the best performers of this generation. Not only does he wow audiences with his voice and great dance moves, he has also shown that his acting is just as good as his singing. Unlike his peers, who have chosen roles that show off their singing talents, Justin has chosen to not stay in his comfort zone and to do movies that push him as an actor. He also hasn’t boxed himself into one type of character but has tried to play many different types of roles. Here are 6 of his movies that show his range as an actor.
1) Model Behavior- This movie came out in 2000 when he was still a member of NSYNC and still had that curly hair thing going. He played Jason, a model who falls for Alex while she is pretending to be Janine, a famous model who happens to look just like her. While this is not his best work to date, and he might even want to burn every copy ever made, it was his start in the acting world. This movie showed a more sensitive, shyer side to Justin that hadn’t been seen before.
2) Shrek the Third- It is hard to come into a franchise that is on its third movie with actors who feed off each other perfectly and fit in, which Justin did. He played Artie who Shrek is trying to groom to become king so that he doesn’t have to. What was even more impressive is that he held his own with Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy who are both comedy royalty. He wasn’t afraid to let loose and have fun and as a result showed that he was really funny in his own right. He also showed more of his comedic genius on his many hosting tours on SNL. Some people even feel like he is funny enough to be on the show full time if he wanted.
3) Alpha Dog- In this movie he plays Frankie Ballenbacher in what is his darkest role so far. It is about a gang of teens who think that kidnapping someone to settle the drug debt for his brother is a good idea. Without giving much else away, this is as sad; when you watch this movie have tissues nearby. Justin was amazing because he played a bad guy who made the audience want to root for him, until he hits the point of no return and seems to completely go to the dark side.
4) The Social Network- In this movie he plays Sean Parker the founder of Napster and the financial backer for Facebook. While his role isn’t that big, he very memorable in the movie and delivers one of the most famous lines, “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool, a billion dollars”. Honestly only rich people would say that but it still was awesome and for the role Justin brought back the curly hair which is always cool.
5) Bad Teacher- No this wasn’t a good movie if you paid to go see it in the movies. But on a Saturday afternoon, with nothing else to do, you will laugh at the extra stupid parts. Justin plays a teacher who Cameron Diaz’s character wants to get with. There is one really disgusting scene that leaves the audience with a bad taste in their mouth (like the Miley/Robin dirty dance from last night) but other than that it’s not the worst thing you will see. He is actually funny with how corny and awkward he is around Cameron which is always fun to watch.
6) In Time- This has to be one of the best movies that he has done to date. The movie is based on the premise that everyone stops aging at 25 and after that their internal clocks start counting down to their deaths. In this movie the expression “time is money” is taken literally because time is used instead of money. The more time a person has, the richer they are. Justin plays Will, a man who lives in the slums and meets someone who gives him a century’s worth of time which he uses to move to the better part of town. Once he is there he starts to realize that there is enough time to go around and creates a plan to give time to people in the poor neighborhoods and spread the wealth. This movie is amazing on so many levels one of them being Justin Timberlake and how he takes the audience on a journey as his character discovers things about his past and his possible future.