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Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have both been asked to attend a Marine Corps Ball by Marines on YouTube.
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updated 7/16/2011 2:50:33 PM ET 2011-07-16T18:50:33

Justin Timberlake is open to going to the Marine Corps Ball with the female corporal who asked his hand to the event.

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“I saw that, I don’t feel backed into a corner at all,” Timberlake said at a news conference for “Friends with Benefits,” when asked about the YouTube invite from Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, who is stationed at the Marine Corps base at Quantico.

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“I’ll tell you what, I accept, but not because she shouted out one of my songs, which I do love, when they do that, because I’m shameless and not because she had all those beefcake military guys behind her to try and intimidate me, although that probably would have worked by itself,” he added.

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As previously reported, the corporal used a YouTube video to ask Timberlake to come to her ball on Nov. 12 — a week before the one his “Friends with Benefits” co-star, Mila Kunis, was invited to by another Marine.

“So Justin, you wanna call out my girl Mila, well I’m gonna call you out and ask you to go to the Marine Corps Ball with me on Nov. 12, in Washington D.C.,” De Santis said in the clip.

Timberlake said he would try and make the event because he found the invite flattering.

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“I don’t get asked out ... ever. So I was very flattered by that. And I hear that she’s trained in martial arts so I’m hoping that we can tousle at some point. That last part was a joke,” he added. “But yeah, if my schedule works out to do it, I’d love to do it. It’s an honor.”

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Video: ‘Friends’ Kunis, Timberlake have a ‘ball’ on TODAY

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    >>> of hollywood's stars, justin timberlake and mila kunis , starring in "friends with benefits." mila plays a head hunter to recruits justin to take a job at "gq" magazine. take a look.

    >> what is this?

    >> it's a flash mob .

    >> do people get paid for this?

    >> no, no, they do it for fun. it's nice to feel like you're a part of something. new york can be a little bit lonely at times.

    >> and you're trying to sell me on it.

    >> every place can be a bit lonely sometimes. new york

    >> i'm in.

    >>> mila kunis , justin timberlake , good morning to both of you. thanks for coming on.

    >> that was a good freeze right there. i'm it.

    >> there was another second, and you would have nailed that.

    >> it's good, it's intriguing. you want to know what i'm going to say after that.

    >> i want to know how you got times square to be clear for that scene.

    >> it was the middle of the night , and wasn't as clear as you think it was.

    >> yeah, there was a large congregation of people.

    >> you shot most on location. i want to talk about the title of this movie, i've been married a long time, been out of the game. "friends with benefits." explain exactly what that means.

    >> i'm pretty sure it's a reference to borrowing money or -- i'm sure.

    >> i'm thinking not.

    >> no?

    >> the benefit of having a friend bake for you? make you a sandwich?

    >> okay.

    >> maybe get your oil changed in your car for you?

    >> i'm thinking -- i'm just going to throw in. i'm thinking it's about two people who want to have a regular friendship but get together for sex.

    >> someone who has been out of the game knows what they're talking about.

    >> someone who watched the movie. all right? let's get that out there. is that concept -- mila , is that concept even possible in real life ?

    >> i mean, it's possible. you can do it. and if you do it, be smart about it. but i think that it's great in theory, and it's all execution.

    >> i love the scene where you guys decide we're going to be just friends and just have sex, and you decide to swear on a bible. in this case, it's a bible app.

    >> yes.

    >> for ipad. and then what follows is actually a very, very funny, funny, sex scene . you guys spend a lot of time in this movie naked.

    >> we actually are more clothed than we are naked.

    >> uh --

    >> i love it when people point that out, particularly.

    >> that's the scene, yeah.

    >> this is the scene. but how did you guys develop the chemistry and then move on to those bedroom scenes?

    >> those scenes were shot at the end of the production. but while all of those scenes are very awkward to shoot, we sort of found solace in the fact that we were required to make them goofy, funny, awkward. we wanted to make those scenes real, but, you know, it's kind of that thing when you're first starting to get intimate with someone, all of those awkward things happen, and as you develop a relationship with them, you go back and go, remember that, and we didn't talk about it? yeah, that happened.

    >> but you're laughing through it. mila , easier to play than a romantic type scene?

    >> 100%. because we didn't have to be sexy or attractive. we just had to be goofy. and, you know -- be in a certain position. but --

    >> patricia clark plays your mom in this, does a great job. she walks in when the two of you are making love at one point -- well, i guess not love, just sex.

    >> that was more awkward for me than anything.

    >> has that ever happened to you in real life ? did your mom ever walk in?

    >> my mom is probably watching right now. i would just rather not talk about anything that might have happened to me. in regards to that.

    >> we won't even mention the movie then. with mom watching.

    >> no, we can mention the movie. i mean, that's why we're here. but -- yeah, i don't talk about that.

    >> i do want to talk about you -- both have become the bells of the ball. the marine corps ball. what is this -- what is the story? mila , you're going, right?

    >> yes.

    >> you got an invitation.

    >> you're going too.

    >> you got an invitation, as well.

    >> i got an invitation to a completely different ball.

    >> it's two separate balls.

    >> apparently there's multiple balls.

    >> yeah, the marines have a lot of balls.

    >> marines got balls.

    >> they do.

    >> semper fi has been replaced by marines got balls.

    >> we want to pay honor to our country and embrace their balls.

    >> we're attending both balls.

    >> mila , how did this come about?

    >> separately.

    >> separately, but together. how did the movie ball come around?

    >> how did the invitation come around?

    >> during a press junket. in the first report, it was like have you seen this youtube video ? and i was like nope. and then i got a forward of it.

    >> and then i pressured her.

    >> the sergeant can thank justin for me being there now.

    >> you got an invitation, and you've committed, right?

    >> yes, yes.

    >> do you think we can combine the balls?

    >> a double date.

    >> yeah, like --

    >> yeah, sure. i mean, well -- i'm pretty sure there is protocall if marine balls --

    >> how many ball references can we make?

    >> i don't know. you guys have done pretty well. we've got to end there. justin timberlake , mila kunis , great having you guys on.

    >> did we just class up the "today" show? i feel like we did.

    >> first we want to let people know "friends with benefits" hits screens friday. but check out this segue. why americans are so obsessed with breasts. you can't make this stuff up.

    >> great, great. the "today" show!

    >> i'm pretty sure i have an answer for that.

    >> right after this.

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