Justin Timberlake Cites ‘Rambo’ Among Inspirations For ‘In Time’ Action

When Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried stopped by MTV News’ San Diego Comic-Con headquarters yesterday, they came directly from their Hall H panel for “In Time,” and were therefore full of the Comic-Con-fueled adrenaline and giggly energy that comes from appearing in front of 6,000 screaming fans.

We did our best to get them to talk seriously about their Andrew Niccol-directed thriller, but first they engaged in a back-and-forth about their Hall H experience and the use of the phrase “sizzle reel” to describe teaser trailers and footage.

“It was really short and I stood there and got nervous and didn’t say anything,” Seyfried said of their “In Time” presentation.

“It went very well,” Timberlake chimed in. “We showed a three- to four-minute clip — a two minute and thirty-five-second clip,” he re-stated, after Seyfried interjected with her opinion of the clip’s actual running time. “[It was] an extended trailer really, of “In Time,” that’s our movie,” Timberlake tried to explain, with Seyfried thwarting his efforts by interrupting him a few times.

“We’re doing this interview now,” Timberlake said to his co-star in a mock-frustrated tone. “If you want to just, participate.”

We tried getting them to expand upon the footage they showed, or sizzle reel, as it were.

“I’m not saying that, I hate that word,” Timberlake said. “Why do they call it a sizzle reel?”

Eventually we were able to move past the sizzle sensitivities and the two settled down enough for JT to explain it was Niccol’s impressive resume that drew him to the project.

“It definitely was the first thing that got me interested in the movie. I was a huge fan of “The Truman Show,” which he wrote, and I love “Gattaca” and “Lord of War,” Timberlake said. “I sat with him and hearing his take on the film, it could easily be classified as sci-fi, but really it’s a thriller and an action film [set] in the future. Hearing his take, about an everyday man getting thrown into extenuating circumstances, that is always my favorite [plotline] in action movies,” he explained. “We were just talking about love for “First Blood,” “Die Hard,” “The Fugitive,” all my favorite types of action films and heroes, because they didn’t want to be backed into that corner. And as we know, nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

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