By Roberto Mucciacciaro
Last week, Justin Timberlake was spotted limping around on crutches after sustaining a leg injury while filming the sci-fi thriller "Now," also starring Amanda Seyfried and Olivia Wilde. We wondered how this might affect production on the movie, and now we know.
E! News has confirmed that production on the film will be temporarily shut down to give Timberlake time to mend. "Justin Timberlake sustained a muscle injury to his calf on the set of Andrew Niccol's thriller 'Now,'" a rep for the production company told the site. "Production has taken a brief hiatus and will resume shortly."
A source told E! News that "shortly" means about two weeks -- just long enough to give J.T. time to heal properly. "He hasn't heard anything about the MRI results," the source said. "But they're freezing production until he's off crutches and able to act again."
In a recent interview with "Entertainment Tonight," Timberlake jokingly spoke about his injured left calf. "My calf is... it's not that bad. It'll be fine. It's not irreversibly damaged... I was just on set and I hurt it. I wish I had a way better story about how I got into this Bruce Lee, kung-fu fight with someone and 'you should see the other guy,' but unfortunately I did it to myself."
Directed by Andrew Niccol, "Now" takes place in a not-too-distant future where people don't age past their 20s. Instead, time is currency and people must pay to stay alive. Timberlake plays a poor guy who inherits a fortune of time but not in time to save his dying mom. Accused of murdering the upper class gent who left him the inheritance, Timberlake's character is forced to go on the run from the authorities. So, yeah, a healthy calf would come in handy.
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