TODAY   |  September 19, 2013

Justin Timberlake: I want to seize the moment

If you had any doubts that an entertainer could peak 20 years into their career, just look at Justin Timberlake. The musician, comedian and actor is at the top of his game, and tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that he has been working for more than two thirds of his life.

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>>> we will take a turn now. matt was in las vegas . discuss.

>> a quick trip. i had a boys night with justin timberlake . right now he is hotter than ever. two movies coming out, a new album and about to go on tour. despite his busy schedule, he was able to find time with us. we caught up with him at caesar's palace before his new movie "runner runner." . it's if world according to tim bherlake.

>> the entertainment industry right now seems to be giving you anything you want. what will you do with the luxury this.

>> you owe it to yourself to don't speak until have you something to say. i owe it to myself to, to, you know, to seize the moment.

>> i don't deserve this award, but i'm not going to give it back.

>> the man who won an mtv lifetime achievement award at just 32.

>> i'm only 32, but i worked for two-thirds of my life.

>> a mousketeer at 11 and front man for in sync. before moving on to a breakout solo career. and building some serious acting chops.

>> you didn't bring down the record company . they won.

>> yeah.

>> you want to buy a record in.

>> i think it comes with experience that you really say, working with these ray mazeing actors and this amazing director, i corroborated with this amazing musician.

>> that becomes the thing you hold on to.

>> he's run late night . saturday notice.

>> and now he's taking it back, yet again, on his upcoming album. you made that leap through that kind of dangerous landscape between child star and adult star very well. i'm sure you've watched a little bit of what's going on with miley cyrus right now. do you think the press and the public are treating her unfairly in.

>> i don't know that i have a definitive thought in one direction or the other about it. i think she's really smart and i think she's really talented. i'm not saying agree with the presentation, but i also feel like every 10 to 15 years we pick somebody that this is what we're going to do with them as we're going to make them the model of who we want our daughters to be or not be. i have been three tableing --

>> in his latest film "runner runner," he's trying to beat the odds. and play income sin city with j.t. means doing it up right. who let the dogs out? who who

>> after all, it's vegas, baby. who let the dogs out?

>> you are not going to wear that.

>> right?

>> what?

>> the man purse. you are just screwing with me?

>> this is where i keep all my thingsch i get a lot of dplimts on this, besides, it's not a man purse. it's a satchel. indiana jones has one.

>> yeah, so does al roker .

>> and here's what's happening in your neck of the woods!

>> so unpack that suit and tie . and maybe even some blue suede shoes .

>> by the power vested in me as the king of rock 'n' roll, congratulations! .

>> i can't believe we did this.

>> whew!

>> thank you.

>> come on. because who knows what can happen in vegas.

>> wow!

>> i don't remember any of it. i love the tuque. he's got a tattoo.

>> anyway, that's only the beginning of what we talked about. i will have more of our conversation coming up early next week.

>>> coming up, a food challenge