TODAY | September 24, 2013
>> and have more of our interview with a man that doesn't seem to be slowing down. justin timberlake has been called this generations master of cerimonies. recently i sat down with him in las vegas for a candid conversation about the secret of his success so far.
>> you have to do things that scare you.
>> it's a business philosophy that served justin timberlake well.
>> this is fantastic.
>> for more than two decades he never shied away from taking risks. he's a child actor who beat the odds, growing up to become a global pop star collecting 6 grammys along the way. but these days it's timberlake 's acting career that's taking center stage .
>> what do you think?
>> you walk into a room now, justin , you walk on to a movie set and you're not the musician doing acting, you're the guy -- anybody else on the set says this guy has chops. he has proven himself. that has to give you confidence.
>> what changed things for me is when david fincher hired me.
>> david fincher cast justin timberlake in the highly acclaimed film the social network . he played the role of sean parker .
>> it opened up a huge door for me and opportunities started to happen.
>> and now, justin timberlake is starring in a hot new crime thriller, runner, runner.
>> are you all right? you seem a little worked up.
>> yeah, i'm good.
>> he plays a college student that takes on an online gambling tycoon played by ben afleck .
>> ben was asked about working with you on this and he said working with justin -- he said working with justin made me feel inadequate or insecure.
>> i find that hard to believe.
>> all right. how did he make you feel?
>> i felt lucky to work with him at this time in his career. as a true film maker he really sees the movie from all angles.
>> no, no, you just do it into the --
>> but it's in timberlake 's other upcoming film that he combines his rare talents. he plays a folk singer .
>> i'm happy for the gig but who wrote this?
>> i did.
>> so the door is open now and when you get to work with the cohen brothers --
>> the other two smartest people i've ever met.
>> is that a bucket list for an actor.
>> yeah, i ran into matt damon and he said something that stuck with me. he said the cohen brothers that's a call that any actor, doesn't matter what age, you just hope that one day you might get a shot at that.
>> and then you got the call.
>> i was kind of blown away at that. well, i would have -- if i would have gotten a call that said we'd like you to write some music in our film i would have paid in my pants. and literally would have peeed in my pants.
>> you just hired me. i'm going to go look for movie roles for you. what am i looking for?
>> i think, you know, itself got to have meat on the bone. one time i was stalking with stevie wonder -- i'm going to pick up all of these games.
>> yeah, i was just trying to make myself sound important. i asked him about music and then he said, you know, listen, at the end of the day , there's good music and bad music and i just try to stay away from the latter.
>> earlier this year timberlake released the 20/20 experience, his first new album. the follow up album arrives next week.
>> i don't want to make music i've made before. i want something that's new and fresh to me. all i can tell you is i woke up one morning. i had just finished a movie with clint eastwood , another name that i'll pick up.
>> we should put a little number up on the screen. i think we'll do that.
>> how many names i've dropped. just pick those up and put them back in my pocket. i had just finished a movie and i woke up and it was like make music.
>> so you got the 20/20 experience two of two and i love what you said about it.
>> did i drop a name?
>> yes, yes you do.
>> we'll add this to the tally. if you could imagine she's everything you thought she's marilyn monroe .
>> i did say that.
>> and then you meet her hotter older evil twin sister. everything dark and wrong with her at that age is what you become infacuated with that.
>> ava gardener. for me what i enjoy is collaboration. it's the most inspired i ever felt, for sure.
>> it seems as a look back here i've done nothing but praise on you. let's end on negativity.
>> i can't wait.
>> give me the reason we'll hate you in ten years? what would ever happen that would make us hate you?
>> oh, god, well, i mean, you know, ben already hates me.
>> maybe it's name dropping .
>> it's the name dropping . if you didn't name drop all the time. that's what it is.
>> nice guy . very talented. nine names in one short interview.
>> but he knows a lot of people.
>> justin 's movie "runner runner" opens october 4th .