Justin Timberlake and Zac Efron jealous of Robert Pattinson’s career

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The touchy egos in young Hollywood are at it again. Zac Efron and Justin Timberlake are both supposedly jealous of “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson. The three have all been tapped for roles in the upcoming film “Ohio,” but Pattinson’s getting the lead. None of the young men are known for being particularly down-to-earth. They’ve all got their egos – and if I were the judge, I’d say Timberlake’s is probably the biggest. He also seems to be the one who has the largest problem with Pattinson getting the lead, and his people are insisting that he get a ton of screen time to compensate.

“Twilights’s” Robert Pattinson has found a new character to sink his teeth into – but he’s ruffling some big Hollywood feathers in the process! Rob, 22, has been offered the starring role in the upcoming movie “Ohio,” based on the 1970 shooting of anti-war protesters at Kent State University, a source tells Star.

Zac Efron and Justin Timberlake have been appropached for smaller parts in the film, but they’re unhappy that they’re not top dog. “Everyone in the industry is shocked that Rob is already getting such big roles. Zac and Justin have been working for a lot longer than he has,” says the source. But don’t expect any fistfights among the actors – most of the action has been behindd the scenes.

“Zac’s people want him to have the lead,” the source notes. “And Justin’s people have asked that he get a lot of screen time.” Sounds like “Ohio” may not be big enough for the three of them!

[From Star, February 2, 2009, print ed.]

Justin is funny and talented, but the problem is he knows it. Pattinson strikes me as equally full of himself, though he’s only had one major film – “Twilight – so it seems a little early for him to be so cocky. I associate Zac Efron too much with Disney to really take him seriously, though he was good in “Hairspray.” Ultimately it sounds like there are a lot of egos that could be clashing on the set. I expect a lot of reports of feuding over trailer size and who took the last croissant from craft services. Sounds like it’ll be a fun shoot.

Here’s Justin Timberlake at the American Cinematheque Awards honoring Samuel L. Jackson. In Beverly Hills on December 1st. Images thanks to Bauer-Griffin.

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  1. Annie says:

    Somehow I doubt JT is jealous.

    I mean, the man has how many platinum records under his belt? With/Without Nsync.

    I mean, yea, I’m sure JT thinks he’s the shit.

    But I doubt he’s jealous of Pattinson.

    Comparatively, JT has the much better overall career.

  2. Sauronsarmy says:

    I’m not a zac fan AT ALL but, I do see him having a Leo type career. Thats if he plays his cards right. I think the only thing JT might be “jealous” of is their youth?

  3. What says:

    sauronsarmy, I don;t think Zac can have a Leo-type career. Leo is an incredibly talented actor that keeps getting snubbed by the Oscars. Zac is not that great an actor.

  4. Annie says:

    You didn’t like him in HSM1,2,3,4,5,toomany?

  5. seven says:

    the difference is that Pattinson is actually talented. He’s had smaller roles in the Harry Potter Films and now Twilight. The other two just get off on their looks /singing. I wish singer would stay singers and actors would stay actors cause really if youve seen Black Snake Moan with Justin, his parts are shit.

    Yes, im a Pattinson fangirl.

  6. Amy says:

    I agree, seven. Of all of them, I would consider Pattinson to be the “real” actor. Plus, he gets extra points for being British. 😉

  7. MoJo says:

    My first reaction to this was OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, but that was more to the subject matter of the movie and how it seems like nothing interesting has ever happened in Ohio other than the May 4th shootings. But that reaction’s due to Kent State being my alma mater and having heard about it for my four years and beyond.

    I’ve been wondering when they’d finally do a movie on it and am actually pleased, but… is it really going to star those three? Man, that bums me out hardcore.

    Hopefully, they’ll at least film on location, and I’ll get to stalk—I MEAN VISIT—the shoot.

  8. Emily says:

    Since when is Justin Timberlake an “actor”? The only thing I’ve “seen” him in is Shrek 3 and I wouldn’t call that acting!

  9. becca says:

    Justin needs to stick to his singing, and Efron needs to get the FUCK away from this movie. Pretty boy Efron in a leading role about the Kent State Shootings? FUCK NO. That’s heavy material about a very important part in America’s history. The movie’s credibility will be destroyed if he gets his paws on this.

    RPatz? I haven’t figured out if he’s at all arrogant, but he’s got talent. Patz has the potential to go a la Johnny Depp in his career.

  10. Because I Say So says:

    JT can be funny in a contained environment– like SNL, but he is a shit actor. He thinks he’s more talented in that arena than he is.
    I’ve never seen any of those “HSM: Too many” (lol to who posted that) so I can’t say about Z-girl’s ability, but a Disney vehicle does not speak well to any true ability.

    Of the 3, Rob is probably the least high maintenance, and is an actual actor, not someone trying to cross over. I’d much rather see him take a lead than any of the other two

  11. Enonymous says:

    I can understand Zac Efron seeing Robert Pattinson as competition to get the teens attention because they are based in the same ‘young/fresh teen hearthrob’ category and maybe there is jealousy there but I though Justin Timberlake has moved on past that, plus Justin should just stick to his music and be thankful that he has some success in that.

  12. Aubrey says:

    Thats because Rob is a better actor than JT and Efron

  13. Enonymous says:

    Having said that, I don’t know that much about movie but if the studio is aiming to make it into a serious drama then I would not choose any of them because I doubt any of them could pule it off and it would be hard to take the movie seriously, especially if Justin Timberlake is in it.
    They should just hire some more serious actors for the roles.

  14. Sauronsarmy says:

    What: I’m talking about career longevity. Remember Leo also used to be a cute teeny booper heartthrob a la Zac. Like I said if he plays his cards right, picks the right films he can have a Leo type career.

  15. Andrea says:

    Remember JT is also a disney kid! (definatly not as long as zac though)

    I’ve never seen a movie justin was in, and I’ve only ever seen hairspray. Zac’s singing was pretty good but his acting, er, not so much. I’ve never seen twilight either.

    None of them strike me as the ‘serious’ movie type

  16. Tiffany H. says:

    I can’t think of anyone who is LESS full of himself than Rob. I mean, have you watched ANY interviews with him? He’s the most down to earth actor I’ve seen in ages. Good for him for getting the lead!

  17. Zoe says:

    I have to say that in the interviews I’ve seen of Rob Patterson, he comes off as totally down to earth and baffled by his success.

    I also caught him Harry Potter and that interview and he was very funny and self-deprecating. He seems very nice and normal and is a good actor, I think. (Haven’t seen Twilight tho)

  18. Who cares says:

    Justin I can’t see being jealous because he is way more talented. The gay face guy I can see being a little jealous because he really doesn’t have much of a career outside of the silly HSM series.

  19. vdantev says:

    So much for the belief that gay boys get along so much better than straight boys.

  20. cheetahstripes says:

    JT wasn’t half bad in Alpha Dog.

  21. Ally says:

    Timberlake and Murray from “Flight of the Conchords” … separated at birth!

  22. dovesgate says:

    Justin Timberlake is actually an ok actor; he was pretty awesome in Alpha Dog and in his SNL appearance.

    Zac “Girly-Boy” Efron could disappear tomorrow and I would never notice.

    I’d like to see Robert Pattinson act sometime. I haven’t seen Harry Potter but I’ve seen Twilight. All he really did was stand around and do his best “tortured immortal” face. It’s cute but a cute face does not a good movie make.

  23. Mrs.Darcy says:

    I really don’t see much evidence of ego from Rob P. either, unless you think his whole persona is an act, in which case he is a more fantastic actor than we’d even realised! To be honest he would act both of those guys off the screen, can’t see why they don’t find better actors for the film!

  24. gg says:

    They’re just jealous he’s a bigger babe magnet than they are.

  25. sissoucat says:

    gg : exactly.

    It’s not that surprising that young actors hate each other. Come on, it’s real life, not a Disney movie.

  26. Lolita says:

    Justin Timberlake was pretty good in Alpha Dog. That aside I wouldn’t call him or Efron serious actors. Robert Pattinson has more potential.

  27. Megan says:

    I think you’re writing off Zac Efron a little too early. Just because he was in Disney movies doesn’t necessarily make him a crappy actor.

    He was quite good in Me and Orson Welles.

  28. Tenderoni says:

    RPatz is also a singer, FYI. However, I think he’s best for the part. They’re all stocked in the looks department, but Justin’s acting is crap, and I can only associate Zac with musicals. Just my opinion.

  29. Tini Darling says:

    As much as I wish it were different, this seems to be about money.

    Not so much compensation for the actors, but how much the film will gross.
    Pattinson is hot right now, and if he gets top billing, than this movie is sure to make millions, even if it’s not your typical blockbuster.

    Not to say that people wouldn’t hand over $10+ to see Efron or Timberlake as well. But I think everyone is money hungry right now…and Pattinson is Mr. Moneybags.

  30. hodan says:

    really people none of these guys could act.one played a singing basketball player on Disney! other thinks he is jacko. as for Robert being the ‘real’ actor, as if. the guy is so wooden. twilight is hardly an accomplishment, he just catered to a bunch of horny tweens.

  31. Lily says:

    Team Pattinson! Timberlake is a douche.

  32. lilllie says:

    WOW. I was not aware that Twilight is the only movie Pattinson did. Have you seen Handbook of a bad mother, the haunted airman, trailers for his new movies. He actually is a good actor and a good character actor. He becomes unrecognizable as himself in the movies he is in. Timberlake is not that bad but i dont think he is a strong enough actor to carry the lead. Efron, i havent seen anything but musicals and they are so over the top.

  33. FF says:

    They’re all talented as far as I can see. Time will tell who lasts out. It’s usually the hardest working and dedicated ones – and the one’s aren’t pains in the ass hard to work with.

    Like I said, time will tell.

    I’d have to say I rather see more of Pattinson and Efron than Timberlake, though.

  34. Cakeface says:

    Becca, that is quite a good thought.
    Now I understand, Efron has worked his way up through the ranks, but come on, I will find it very difficult to take such a serious movie, seriously with him in it. It would be like watching a big neon disney sign.
    And Justin Timberlake, yeah he has a good singer career, but him pulling off a lead in such a hard core movie, um…no, I don’t think so.
    Robert has had the practice. Lead male in Twilight, lead in How to Be, and lead in that movie where he played Salvador Dali (the name has completely escaped me now) but yeah, he’s had the practice, and I think he is a suitable candidate.

  35. Tye says:

    LOL wth? Pattinson full of himself… really? Are you guys high or something? You obviously haven’t seen any interview with him

  36. Cakeface says:

    I so agree with Tye!

  37. Matty says:

    Here’s a crazy theory: maybe the producers of the film wanted someone who can actually ACT!

    Effron and Timberlake should really be asking themselves why they’re still even being considered for parts.

  38. Anjay says:

    Pattinson is incredibly self-deprecating and comes off as quite insecure in most interviews. I’d wager a guess that the other two could barely fit in the state of California at the same time with their egos!
    Also, any interview in which Pattinson was asked about his music, he expressed a strong opinion against the “actor (who also sings)” label … so, it would be interesting to know what he thinks of Timberlake’s mediocre attempts at acting.

  39. tommyboy says:

    zac needs to go immediately into gay porn and JT needs to keep his pansy ass “singing career” and let some real talent shine.

  40. uh no thanks. A movie with two queens & baby?? They can keep that ish

  41. sbk_kb says:

    I like JT, but I love his music much more than I’ve ever liked his acting.

    Zac Efron is too much of a “pretty-boy” and I can’t take him in a serious acting role. I associate him with musicals like Hairspray and HSM, but, realstically, judging from those two movies, I don’t see him having the acting chops to pull off a serious role.

    I think Rob would be the best choice! He’s so talented and I can see him in any role! ‘Twilight’ may have been the role that put him on the map, but he’s one of those actors, in my opinion, who can take on any part. I can believe he’s that character and almost forget he’s Robert Pattinson the actor playing the part.

  42. DJ says:

    How bout instead of Zac “Fag”ron for the second or third lead, they cast Jake Able,a 21 year old kid from Canton,who’s like 25 min. away from Kent State and is in upcoming movies with Mark Whalberg and Susan Sarandon and Greg Kinnear. He’s plays dramatic roles and wouldn’t DESTROY this serious flick like the Wildcat dancer. JT is legit I think, someday, but can’t they figure out anyone better than Rob Pattinson?

  43. Lalaine30 says:

    People gets jealos and I think Zac and Justin does too. Fair enough Pattison hasn’t been doing this for as long as the other too but at the end of the day, they saw something in him that they didnt see in the other 2. They should just get over it.

  44. sarah says:

    my tough is im a Big fan of the three of them put i take robert more serious cause he can control his accent i found zac more musical n timberlike more has a singer so yeah i peek rob patz 4 the lead 😀