Justin Timberlake was ready to take on the role of leading man in "In Time," but the actor admitted to OnTheRedCarpet.com that he wasn't quite prepared for how intense the role would be.
The movie takes place in the future, where the human aging gene has been turned off and to avoid overpopulation, people use time as currency. In this world, the rich can live forever and when a young man named Will Salas, played by Timberlake, inherits a fortune of time, he ends up fighting against the corrupt police force known as "time keepers."
"I don't think it's a bad thing to want to do everything, but when I first read this movie, I don't think it really hit me that there was going to be as much action in it as there was," Timberlake told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
"I sort of got lost in the story and the concept of the film and how I thought it was pretty serendipitous to find a class system not dissimilar to current times," he added. "I think my favorite sci-fi films are the ones that aren't that different from the way it is now."
Amanda Seyfried stars as Salas' hostage and romantic interest. The film also features Olivia Wilde as Timberlake's mother and Matt Bomer as the wealthy man who gives his time to Salas.
"I just saw my character as this everyday man who just gets pushed too far, those are some of my favorite kind of action movies - where an ordinary person gets pushed into extraordinary circumstances and we all want to believe that we would be heroic," Timberlake continued. "Also, it's like boyhood fantasies lived out - shooting guns, flipping cars around and kicking (expletive)."
The 30-year-old singer and actor rose to fame as a member of the boy band N'Sync before launching his solo career and has taken home six Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. His first two albums each sold over 7 million copies.
Timberlake has taken a break from music to concentrate on acting and received some positive notice for his role in the 2010 film Academy Award nominated film "The Social Network."
"In Time" opened in theaters on Friday, October 28, watch a trailer below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).