Justin Timberlake, whiny douche: ‘My music career hangs over me like a cloud’

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake is currently in Cannes to promote The Coen Brothers’ new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis. As Kaiser offhandedly suggested, JT probably thinks that he’s the star of the film, which is an interesting (and likely accurate) proposition because Pajiba’s Cannes review of the film doesn’t mention Justin Timberlake at all. Ouch.

Make no mistake though, Justin really wants to be an actor even though he’s made his multi-millions from music — record sales and (mostly) touring. Yet after JT made the douche move of retiring his most celebrated single, “Sexy Back,” in 2008, I’ve come to believe that he despises being a musician. When he started to try and use his “SNL” success to build a real acting career, I was interested to see if Hollywood would bite. And the bite did come, but it hasn’t stuck, much to Justin’s dismay. The guy really thought that The Social Network was his key to Oscar city. Now he’s somehow scored a role in a freaking Coen Brothers’ movie, and instead of really publicizing the movie, he’s whining about his tortured, unwitting life as a singer. Okay, so I’m exaggerating just a bit, but that’s how I’m seeing it. Let’s see if you agree:

Llewyn Davis is the first movie Timberlake has been in that’s featured him as a singer.

We talked about his career at the intimate gathering following the Llewyn black tie premiere. Timberlake is extremely thoughtful and very articulate on this subject. He said: “You know my music career hangs over me like a cloud.” Interesting. Justin worries that he still isn’t taken seriously as an actor because of the music. He’s really devoted to the acting career. In fact, I’d say in a way that his whole “20/20 Experience” album and tour is an acting exercise. Justin is playing a part- of a Rat Pack like suave singer with a back up band. And that’s just fine since the album is a monster hit and the tour should be, too.

He told me of the whole “Suit and Tie” success: “It’s a tribute” to soul music of the 70s with a Memphis feel. And while he’s mastered the R&B falsetto, it’s nice to hear him sing straightforwardly in “Llewyn Davis.” He, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver perform a hilarious but seriously meant novelty song called “Please Mr. Kennedy” in the movie that should become a cult classic.

Coming up next for Justin, a movie role that could really break through for him: the late record exec Neil Bogart, whose Casablanca Records produced Donna Summer and KISS. Bogart was a mastermind who lived large in the 70s. Timberlake told me they’re about to choose a director, and he’s doing his research. This will entail a meeting with Gene Simmons–which, I hope, someone will film. That’s a movie in itself.

[From Showbiz 411]

Do you see what I’m seeing? Poor little Justin is acting like he’s that character from the Li’l Abner comic strip — the one who constantly walks around with a cloud over his head. Now the Huffington Post is calling JT’s admission “a particularly introspective moment,” but I disagree. I think that Justin really sees himself as an unfortunate soul who must resort to writing substandard pop songs to finance his true existence of an artist who only wants to act. It’s JT against the world, and the world just won’t let him be great.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

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  1. marie says:

    this douche is strong in this one. he’s a far better musician than actor, he should stick with it and STFU.

  2. brin says:

    What a Debbie Downer…wa wah.

  3. paola says:

    What a douche. I never liked him. If it was for me he would be a non famous person, having a normal job and maybe a bit more humble. Never bought his music or watched a movie with him as an actor. Sorry but he hit the lowest of the lows marrying Jessica Biel. They make me snore so hard, especially when they both think they’re some really talented people, the kind of talent not easy to find. Another case of head stuck up their own ass.
    I still remember when Ashton Kutcher punked him and he spent hours crying on the phone with his mum. what a douchy douche douche.

  4. Hpeeps says:

    He a f@&$ing singer! That’s why his music career hangs over him. God, he’s a douchecanoe.

    He really needs to lay off the relaxers.

  5. DanaG says:

    Poor baby he is a mediocre singer and an even worse actor. He has managed some pop songs with great hooks no one has ever called him a fabulous singer and no one has even called him a good actor. Has he had lessons? Has he studied acting or his music videos were his acting classes?Poor thing it’s more a hobby then anything else and no way will he ever win an Oscar.

  6. oivey says:

    I cannot believe I ever found this guy attractive. Bleurgh.

  7. Toot says:

    Can’t stand him and think he’s highly overrated.

  8. poppy says:

    i hope that cloud has a lot of lightning.

  9. lolamd says:

    How about the fact that he can’t fact hangs over him like a cloud?

  10. Yellowshaba says:

    Doesn’t he realize the fact that Everyone wants to talk about his music because he’s actually good at music as opposed to sucking as an actor? Hes such a try hard actor And talking all this crap makes him look like a big baby douche head

  11. LL says:

    Maybe I’m the only one but I have no problem with him saying that b/c it true. Many people (including me) can’t see him as an actor and only think of him as musician. What’s the problem with him acknowledging it and trying to change people perception of him.

    He’s one of many celebrities damned if they do and damned if they don’t to everything they say and do.

  12. Anaya says:

    Justin needs to stop bitching about his successful music career and show some humility and thanks just for once. Why not be thankful for his success as a singer. Thankful that he doesn’t struggle in that area like too many others do. What about other singers who sing better than him but remain unknown, poor and without a lucrative recording contract. If he hates making music that much then once his deal with RCA expires, quit music to do nothing but films if he really feels over music. He won’t be as successful doing movies but if he wants that so be it. Just don’t complain when no one goes to see your movies and your career flops.

  13. Chelsey says:

    People don’t take him seriously as an actor, not because of his music career, but because he’s a terrible actor.

    Plus, you know… A huge douchebag.

    • JenD says:

      Agreed. His “acting” on SNL isn’t stellar, and in The Social Network, I felt like he was playing a version of himself. All I see is JT – not the character he’s portraying.

      • Lisa says:

        Completely agree on the Social Network part!!!! I remember thinking he wasn’t acting, he really is an a&&h%£ in real life. How difficult is it really to be yourself onscreen? I admit I like some of his music and he really needs to stick to it because that is where a majority of his income is generated from(ungrateful wealthy humans in a 98% poverty stricken world really get under my skin). And I will never forget how he threw ‘the love of his life’ at the time Britney Spears under the bus with not one but two songs that imo was the beginning of much publicized meltdown. Whether or not she did what she did, for him to make millions off her mistake and then complain more than ten years later for having a music career speaks volumes of his character. And don’t get me started on his current marriage. Any boy(because that’s what he acts like-hey, there’s an idea! Star in Nickelodeon movies!) that would take the shine off of his future wife on what is supposed to be the most beautiful day of her life is a jerk, to say the least. But his douche ways entertain me immensely. I work with a couple of these types and thank God everyday for being able to see right through them.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        Tbf, lots of actors are only able to play versions of themselves.

  14. Miss M says:

    He should be glad he has a successful music career that basically opened the doors for his acting gigs (unfortunately to us). He is a terrible terrible actor…

  15. MisJes says:

    I don’t mind Justin’s music that much, but I cannot stomach his films. Bitch is atrocious at it! I cannot handle the combination of shit acting and that unattractive, high voice.

  16. MissMoody says:

    I love Justin Timberlake. I was a Backstreet girl back in the day but Justin had a special place in my heart even so. With that said, he’s a terrible actor. He was watchable in the Social Network but awful in everything else. I’m still hoping he sees the light and gives up the actor thing for good

  17. Kath says:

    Dude, you were in a boy band. Count your blessings.

  18. Miss Kiki says:

    Someone call a whaambulance for Justin.

  19. Jayna says:

    Sorry. He put a lot of energy and effort into his new album. It’s fantastic. He had a vision and didn’t go for short, more accessible hook songs. The album took repeated listens to get the beauty of it.

    I get what he’s saying. He is so beloved as a singer because of the amazing FutureSex/LoveSounds, that he was hounded all the time asking about his next album. Now with the massive success and acclaim for this one, it will be what everyone will ask about.
    His acting is okay, not great.

  20. Brandi says:

    I do love him on SNL but that’s about it. I hate when people whine about their good fortune. The other day that suit & tie song was on the radio & my husband asked who it was. He said “why is he singing like a BeeGee?” He was honestly bewildered!

  21. Shy says:

    He is not aging well. He lost all his charm and sexiness. That hair does not look good on him. I wish he would return to curls.

    And dear Justin – you will never be actor. Because you look like Justin Timberlake in every movie. No matter what haircut you have – you still look like that singer Justin. Madonna tried for so many years and failed. Same with you.

  22. siobhan says:

    Funny that many others have had careers in music and movies. Jamie Foxx won an Oscar. Cher won an Oscar. Barbara Streisand won an Oscar. Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar.

  23. TG says:

    The man thinks he George Clooney acting all suave and handing out hand pats and thumbs up signs and big grins. What a douche can’t stand him and I too rennet him crying to mommy on the phone on that punk episode.

  24. GeeMoney says:

    I’m surprised that most people on this site find him unattractive… gosh, he’s been my number 1 celebrity crush forever… I think he’s so cute. And a ridiculously talented musician.

    With that said, he’s an ok actor, just like his wife. I say ok b/c he does bring the funny everytime he’s on SNL. But honestly, I really wish he’d stick to making music – that’s where his true talent lies.

  25. TG says:

    Also is complaint about your musical career being a cloud over your head equivelant to the Biel’s and Alba’s of the world who complain about their beauty keeping them from jobs. God he and Noel are sh*theads.

  26. ycnan says:

    I don’t know. I mean I know he is an entitled ass (most of them are) but really the guy wants to act and he feels no one will really let him out of the music box they have him placed in.

    It’s like when you have worked in a certain industry for a number of years and you want to get out. You can’t get an interview cause of your work history. It’s frustrating.

    But because he is rich no one wants to hear him complain and he is not smart enough to realize that.

    • siobhan says:

      I don’t think that’s usually the case when musicians try acting. People and Hollywood love a good crossover. The ones who don’t get respect are the ones who can’t act. Madonna comes to mind as one of the worst singers who try to act. If he wants to be accepted he needs to work on his acting not blame the audience who don’t want to watch bad acting.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      I am not sure if he really loves acting or whether this is just a vanity project for him, like he wants to prove he is good at everything he wants to be.

      • TG says:

        I think you are right he doesn’t care about acting he just wants the glory and fame that go with the Oscar. And as someone said up above he is a complete douche for making his wedding all about HIM. Will never forget the pics that he sold to People magazine with him jumping on his wife’s head.

      • ViktoryGin says:


        This isn’t something humble, “respect for the craft” stance”.

        This shit reminds me of Beyoncé wanting to win an Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar despite the fact that she is nothing short of abysmal as an actress. She makes Timberlake look like a classically trained thespian.

    • ViktoryGin says:

      Except for the fact that unlike unsuccessful job interviews, he manages to snag some solid film projects. He actually does have a half-respectable film career.

      He’s actually gotten farther as an actor than I thought he would.

  27. Madpoe says:

    Well, he can still where the F out of a suit tho! I’ll go against the majority here I do like his singing and acting. SNL helped with that.

  28. moon says:

    This is why him and JBiel got married. So they can sit together on the couch and whine about how no one believes in their acting talent, while munching on vegan cheetos.

  29. Talie says:

    If his ego allows him to keep taking smaller roles with respected directors like the Coens and Fincher than he should be fine. But, he doesn’t yet have the talent to lead in a prestige flick.

  30. Yelly says:

    I love him as a musician and his whole holier than thou actor schtick really bugs me. So does the hair straightening.

  31. lisa says:

    i have no idea why he’s popular
    he’s not even nice to look at

  32. yeahright says:

    I am not sure how this makes him a douche? How many of us are bitter because we are working at a job that we didn’t go to school for? How many of us are bitter because we aren’t whatever we dreamed we would be? What if the future of your career depended on what you did when you were a teenager? I shudder at the thought.

    • Loira says:

      I do not like him much.
      He is not a struggling actor. He made a lot of money and fame as a pop singer, where his looks had a lot to do with the success.
      He is probably talented, but not THAT much.
      Now he somehow decided he wants to be an actor, and he fancies himself a serious one?
      Where did that come from?
      He probably thinks he is one of those persons who could win an oscar, and emmy, a tonny, etc, besides grammies.
      He complains about what he has, but what he has is based on the music career he worked in.
      He would prpbably not been hired to work with Mila in that friends with benefits moviemif it were not for his fame, nor he would be singing at every tur n of the movie if he did not fancie himself a good singer.
      For ome people it comes naturally, he seems forced to me.
      I love how others have transicioned from acting to music and back, like Hugh Jackman, Will Smith back in the day, Ice T, hey, Madonna seemed less pretentoous, cher, Mark Whalberg, JLo, she has always been over the top, but she is decent, STING!, Barbra, multitalented, Bjork.I am sure there are a lot more, who are humble (or maybe not humble, butbare actually seriously talented) and do not cry that they are not taken seriously.
      How Justin Bieber of him.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      But it´s not like he was a struggeling actor for years, who played in bars to make some money and then got discovered by someone working at a record label and became a successful singer.
      He always was a singer, made a shitload of money from it, then he thought he could be an universal artistic genius and started acting as a vanity project.

    • Emily says:

      If that teen career made me millions of dollars, I hope I’d be grateful for it. I hope I wouldn’t whine about the thing that made me rich and famous while making fun of homeless people.

      Btw, millions of people would love to have the job they had as teenagers because that would mean they had a job. As for me, I’d love to be able to work at all, but I’m disabled.

    • dahlianoir says:

      He made fun of homeless people… DURING HIS WEDDING. I’m not going to pity him because no one sees the “true artist” in him.

    • ViktoryGin says:

      I call bullshit.

      This man in an international superstar worth millions of dollars.

      He’s not some poor sap working for minimum wage at the DMV because he couldn’t cut it as an artist.

  33. MAC says:

    He and Franko need to go away. I so far have stayed away from a movie either is in. Can you imagine being married to JT. It must be a nightmare. I never understood what anyone saw in him.

  34. Kat says:

    Douchewaffle to the max. Perhaps if we have a media blackout on him, he’ll go away. At least we’ll be happier, right?

  35. AmandaPanda says:

    point of order: he sang in the critically acclaimed* Bad Teacher with Cammy Diaz

    but, mega-douche. he hit on me once at a party in NYC. blech.

    * this may be a lie

  36. Ellen says:

    I don’t feel that his comments are particularly whiny or that he comes across as ungracious. If you actually read the rest of the interview, the writer is extremely complimentary:

    “You couldn’t hope to meet a nicer celebrity couple than Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. They’re polite, well spoken, gracious and good looking.”

    I saw Justin in concert a few years ago and he’s an amazing performer. He also really engaged with the crowd and came across as a nice person. I don’t really get all the hate for him here.

  37. Miss M says:

    The only thing I saw and liked JT on was his meltdown on Punk’d. It was hilarious!

  38. T.Fanty says:

    I heard Suit and Tie. That crap hangs over *me* like a black cloud. Three minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

    Sit down, pipsqueak.

  39. Ai says:

    His super try hard pose and hogging the spotlight from Oscar Issac in Cannes is soooo gonna come back to haunt him…karma… I just feel it.

  40. angelia lee says:

    Everything jt is great i love his acting and music. The only thing thay he has ever done stupid was be in a fake pr stunt of marriage with that no talent overbotoxed asian looking famewhore jessica biel she has no class shes a vain bitch that will do whatever she can to steal or get into spotlight. Justin is super talented at all he does plus hes the sexiest guy in the world. So lay off of jt.

  41. Nerd Alert says:

    #richpeopleproblems Who cares? BUT…

    Why are men trying to make this awful ’90′s hairdo come back?

    And that camera-eye-contact picture is extremely creepy.

  42. Dedrie says:

    Dead eyes.. can’t even fake emotions for long,it just suddenly disappears.. His true thoughts and feelings hidden indicates he loves to keep his miserable, disdainful secrets..

  43. dcypher1 says:

    He’s so annoying. Stfu Jr no one wants to hear u whine and cry like the big baby u are.

  44. Feebee says:

    ha ha ha, I’d like to sit in on a Gene Simmons-Justin Timberlake meeting. That could be all sorts of awesome.

    I don’t know how hard he’s really working at this acting stuff. I think because of SNL success he thinks he has all he needs. But the music hanging over him like a cloud is the worst. Normally it’d be unbelievable but it’s not really. Not coming from him. Oh dear.

  45. Skins says:

    He will win an Oscar one day….When they start giving out Oscars for overacting

  46. Emily says:

    Aw poor baby has to be incredibly wealthy and make fun of homeless people. Poor poor little douche.

  47. E says:

    The only man who can pull off that haircut (short on the side, long at the top aka “hitler youth haircut”) is Michael Pitt, who made it popular when he was on boardwalk empire.
    Everyone else look like ugly douches.

  48. Anna-fo-Fanna says:

    Everybody talks about B. Coop having serial killer eyes, but, man! That second pic? That’s FAR more serial killer-ish to me than any pic I’ve ever seen of our favorite emu.

  49. some bitch says:

    That’s fine Justin, I’m certain there are many attractive musicians and actors with actual talent who would be more than happy to take your place.

  50. kim says:

    Hey jt your music is hilARIous! Downloaded got a giggle out and deleted. You def didn’t care about the music when u decided that sun bleached ditch beats were the way to go… you’re showing your age gramps!

  51. Meggin says:

    He is a terrible actor and should give it up and stick to music. I always thought he was a little overrated though. He was never even my favorite NSync member!

  52. Izzy says:

    Boo frickety hoo. Cry me a river, douchebag…

  53. Amy Tennant says:

    O Justin, shall I compare thee to a summer’s eve?

    Also: dance with the one that brung ya, boy. I’m all for trying new things, but appreciate what got you this far.

    I kid. Truthfully, I have a soft spot in my heart or head for that child. I’m just going to tell myself this is a phase and he’ll grow out of it.

    Also, I remember how terrible the Fresh Prince’s acting was the first season or two of his sitcom, and he got better.

  54. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    He reminds me so much of Prince William. Has all that money and privilege, yet whines about how tough his life is (“nobody takes me seriously as an actor because of my singing” / “people don’t understand that doing public appearances is so stressful that I need to take 500 vacations a year to recover”).

    Plus, the dumb and useless wives who spend their days buying clothes and being their husbands’ doormats, at their beck and call whenever the husband decides he wants her around, even after getting dumped by him.

    But at least William and Kate attended college, even they don’t seem to be very smart. But at least Justin and Jessica are self-made millionaires, even though the don’t seem to be very smart. Really, the two couples remind me so much of each other.

  55. gobo says:

    Well. It would help if he could actually act. At all. Even the teensiest bit.

  56. Tiffany says:

    Let’s focus on the most important thing here, Carey Mulligan is smiling.

  57. Vera says:

    Then why did he just come out with a new album. Yes, it’s cloudy up in here!

  58. Str8Shooter says:

    What is really hanging over you, chump, is the same affliction that Edward Norton has.

    Your voice sounds like a whiny BITCH.

  59. Beatriz says:

    Personally, my problem with Timberlakes’ acting is that he’s just so damn unlikeable. There are loads of actors that are self centered douches in real life, but their acting makes you forget that. I was watching that horrible Friends with benefits movie the other day and yes the movie was terrible and part of the reason was because I couldn’t identify or “connect” not even in the slightest bit with the characters, they were just so unlikable (and that’s the actors fault).

  60. tifzlan says:

    I don’t understand. He whines about his music career but continues to have one. Didn’t he just put out an album? I’ve never liked JT. Chasez was always my favorite NSYNC member, although BSB 4EVA.

  61. Mandy says:

    He is so exhausting! I just don’t have the energy to dislike him anymore than I already do.

  62. Guest says:

    Who are you all kidding,yourselves?You’re exactly the kind of white girls that are buying his album and making it a hit.You all love him and if you met him you’d be trying to get a picture.I do not care if you admit it but you all know it and so do I.All this hate didn’t even start till he got married.

  63. Anne says:

    He’s such a whiny overrated brat. he’s an awful actor and a mediocre singer, the Timbaland production is what saves him.

  64. gefeylich says:

    SO obvious that Timberlake is so envious of Ryan Gosling’s acting career that he’s ready to explode. “Why not meeee? I’m funny, I’m charming, I have charisma! Why does HE get all the press and respect and Tumblrs and great roles and directing jobs? HE WAS A MOUSEKETEER TOO OMFG. And I’m better! I’M BETTER!!”

    When Gosling gets an Oscar Justin WILL probably explode.

  65. The Wizz says:

    One problem. He can’t act.

  66. Crackberry says:

    he was good in alpha dog

  67. angela says:

    He went above and beyond & stepped on so many people to become this ~serious solo star (his bandmates, his ex girlfriend, his idol). Now he’s upset about it, and wants to do movies?

  68. ViktoryGin says:

    This shit burns me up.

    Fuck you Justin Timberlake.

    Here, ladies and gentlemen, is an entitled brat whose massive, rarefied success is so blinding and encapsulating, whose world has revolved around him since he was child, that he seemingly does not possess the awareness that his comment is asinine and ingratiating.

    It really has just become obvious to me that growing up in an industry that has catered to his whims and placed him on pedestal has really alienated him from reality and any true sense of humility. The kind of humility that is brought about by struggle. Do you know how many actors would commit murder to be apart of a Coen film, to attend Cannes like he’s real actor, and to able to host SNL?!!! But it’s not enough for the person who has everything, is it?

    I’m glad that the doors to Hollywood aren’t opening up their doors quickly enough and rolling out the red carpet. It’s high fucking time that this spoiled brat WASP work for something rather than having it handed to him.

    And hopefully next time anyone hands anything to him, it’s his ass on a platter.