Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg Met The REAL Justin Timberlake At The 2010 MTV VMAs

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards happened this past Sunday, and it was a wildly successful event. Last year’s show was almost entirely dominated by the infamous Kanye West/Taylor Swift showdown. This one was almost entirely drama-free, leaving fans time to focus on what really matters: the spectacle inherent in a large gathering of celebrities and the dynamite musical performances from a handful of the honored attendees.

Also on hand were Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake, who were there to present an award and promote their upcoming film collaboration, Facebook founder biopic “The Social Network.” Garfield told MTV’s Rick Marshall in an interview yesterday that he and Eisenberg were completely floored when they were faced with the fact that their group’s third, Timberlake, is in fact pop music royalty.

“Me and Jesse had known Justin from doing the movie with him, and we had known him as the actor, Justin Timberlake, one of us,” Garfield said. “We were all in the same bandwagon together doing our thing, and then suddenly we were on stage. [Jesse and I] both had this moment where we were like, ’Oh, that’s Justin Timberlake… right!'”

“Other people’s reaction to him, it creates a different persona,” he continued, adding quickly, “in a very positive way.” It figures too. A guy like Timberlake, someone with as much experience on a live stage as he has, would undoubtedly feed off the energy of those around him. Garfield enjoyed seeing their friend in this other, musical world, and he was quick to point to himself as a fan of Timberlake’s work.

“I think he’s an incredibly gifted artist and incredibly charismatic,” Garfield said. “It was surreal, man. It was surreal to be there, and it was surreal to be with Justin in his element, so to speak. It was really exciting. I felt like I could be a fly on the wall, because no one knows who the hell I am.” — that’s about to change, Spider-Man — “I could just be there and observe all this weirdness going on all around.”