THE COMIEBACKKID; Exclusive the BIG Razz Interview A Boyband, Solo Hits, Awards, Hollywood ... Now Justin Timberlake Is Back for More

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THE COMIEBACKKID; Exclusive the BIG Razz Interview A Boyband, Solo Hits, Awards, Hollywood ... Now Justin Timberlake Is Back for More


Byline: By Rick Fulton

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE has finally revealed he HAS done a duet with Cameron Diaz ... the trouble is, it didn't go so well.

So don't expect a Justin and Cameron single any time soon.

The 25 year old laughed: "We sang a couple of duets in the car once. They didn't go so well. Nevertheless it was fun."

Justin is back, almost. This summer - sometime around August, September or October, according to his record label - he'll release his second album, the follow-up to the seven million-selling, UK number one Justified.

The ex-boyband star from *NSYNC released Justified in 2002 and, although you could complain of his Stone Roses-style work rate, Justin has been far from idle.

The singer has turned movie actor and, while he hasn't enjoyed a huge blockbusting role, he does have a handful of roles under his belt.

Edison and Alpha Dog are still awaiting a UK release, while comedy Southland Tales is out in the UK on September 15.

He's also just finished Black Snake Moan with Samuel L. Jackson and will join girlfriend Cameron as the voice of a young King Arthur in Shrek the Third, which is out in June next year.

His singing was stopped for a few months in 2004 while recording Signs with Snoop Dogg (it went to No.2 last year) when he discovered nodules on his throat. They were operated on this time last year. He was advised not to sing or speak loudly for at least a few months.

It is hard to believe Justin Timberlake is only 25 years old - and that's nothing to do with the fact he shares his bed with 33-year-old Hollywood cutie Cameron Diaz every night.

Being the most famous toyboy on the planet doesn't even make it on to Justin's glittering CV. He only turned 25 in January, yet he seems to have been around for as long as anyone can recall.

First, as the lead vocalist in popular boy band *NSYNC, which he joined when he was just 14, and lately as a successful solo artist with tunes such as Like I Love you, Cry Me A River and Rock Your Body.

He's also scooped three awards and was star of the show at the MTV Europe Awards in Edinburgh in 2003.

In between he has been writing, performing and touring. He's even managed to find time to launch a clothing line and open restaurants.

So just what is Justin Timberlake's recipe for success?

The Tennessee native laughed: "You make me sound old. I don't know. If you make a choice for the right reason, if you do something you really want to do, something you admire, then it feels genuine and right."

Which brings us on to his acting. He started as a Mouseketeer in Disney's Mickey Mouse Club and could have made it has a huge teen acting star while *NSYNC were the biggest boyband on the planet.

Justin shrugged: "You know, it's the same when I came out with my solo record. I wanted that to be something no one expected because it's easy to do what everybody expects from you.

"With film it's the same. I'd rather do something that challenges me. I have been sent an enormous amount of scripts, some of them were teen movies, some of them were actually funny.

"But I didn't want people to think I would capitalise on my music, you know. And it's not what I wanted to be known for.

"I'm a big believer that everything happens for a reason. Back then I guess it wasn't the right time or something."

Of course, from Madonna and Cher to Frank Sinatra or River City's Lorraine McIntosh, there have been singers who have tried with varying degrees of success to go from singing to acting.

And like many singers-turned-actors Justin claims he's wanted to act for years.

He said: "I started off as a kid in sketch comedy on a show on the Disney Channel. I always sang in church, but that was my first real professional work.

"I was 11 so that was my first experience and I remember at that time we would study acting and we would do all different types of work with drama and comedy and we would watch movies and replay scenes. …

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