Sunday, August 7, 2011

Justin Timberlake, The Object of �Bad Teacher�s� Affection

Hot off the smash success of �The Social Network,� Justin Timberlake now stars in Columbia Pictures� acclaimed rowdy comedy �Bad Teacher� which also stars Cameron Diaz in the title role.

In the film, Elizabeth Halsey (Diaz) is a teacher who just doesn�t give an F. She�s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and wildly inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can�t wait to marry her meal ticket and walk away from her day job teaching middle school. When she�s dumped by her fianc�, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute Scott Delacorte (Timberlake) � competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). Elizabeth�s outrageous schemes and their wild consequences will shock her students, her co-workers, and even herself.

On paper, Scott is very, very nice,� says Timberlake. �He seems like your average, rich, blue-blooded guy, and very non-confrontational. That�s actually fun to play, because as Lucy�s and Cameron�s characters get more and more petty, he gets more and more awkward.�

Timberlake says that with the writers on set and a director who encourages collaboration, �Bad Teacher� was a fantastic experience. �The role, as it was written on the page, was really funny. Then, when we were in the middle of a scene, Jake would have great instincts, adding a layer each time we did it. The writers would have very funny alternate lines to build on. All of this helped make the character more and more specific, and, I think, funnier and funnier.�

I like it best when the comedy is based around character, not gags,� he says. �In drama, if there�s an emotional moment in a movie, it�s because the viewer has followed the character through the journey and it means something to them. Comedy is the same way � if you�ve followed the characters, it makes it even funnier.

Surrounded by such a funny cast, he says, was a blast. �I�m just a fan, I really am,� he says. �It�s great to play in the sandbox with these brilliant comedic minds.�

Timberlake, of course, has achieved great heights as a recording artist and songwriter, and he gets to parody his persona in �Bad Teacher.� �Scott is asked to join the teachers� band, Period 5,� he explains. �Scott is everyone�s favorite � sort of the guy that the teachers wish the students were like � so of course they ask him to join. The writers came to me � they thought it would be really funny if there was an actual song Scott had written for Amy. We wanted to see how simple, and bad, we could make it,� says Timberlake.

Inspired by his budding romance with Amy, Scott pens a truly horrible love song: �Simpatico.� �We sat in Justin�s trailer and he played guitar and we started writing lyrics � it was an amazing experience,� says co-screenwriter Lee Eisenberg. �Of course, �Simpatico� is the worst song ever. Justin sings the song in this weird falsetto and he�s looking down at his hands as he�s playing the chords � in the movie, Justin really looks like he just learned how to play the guitar.�

Opening across the Philippines in August, �Bad Teacher� is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.

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