The first week of October was rough for Justin Timberlake. Critics responded negatively to both his album The 20/20 Experience: Part 2 and his movie Runner Runner (which opened to a dismal $8 million) — a “double whammy,” he refers to it in GQ’s Men of the Year issue.
“The movie didn’t do well at the box office, so I should quit?” he fumed, regarding critics’ comments. “Hold on a second. If it was somebody else, you wouldn’t have said that. I have the number one album this week, and I shouldn’t have released it? Come on, man, you sound like a d***head.”
During the interview, the singer made a surprising revelation. “Listen, I’m not cool,” he admitted. “Being cool is about keeping your blood pressure steady. So, no. Don’t be cool. Be passionate. Be dedicated. Be tenacious. Be uncompromising. Be pissed. Be happy. Be sad.”
“I’ve made a career out of doing things I should not be doing,” he continued. “I wasn’t cool about it. Because being cool would have meant I passed up on those opportunities. If you do that, it’s because you’re afraid.”