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Justin Timberlake in GQ Men of the Year Issue 2013

Must-Read Quotes From JT's Candid GQ Interview

Justin Timberlake was named one of GQ's Men of the Year alongside Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, Kendrick Lamar, and James Gandolfini, who were also featured in the publication. Justin specifically earned the title "#Hashtag of the Year" because he was the trending topic of 2013. Between his new albums, his tours, his movies, and all the viral videos with Jimmy Fallon, it's been one incredible year for Justin.

On Monday night, Justin and Jessica Biel stepped out for the GQ Men of the Year dinner in NYC as one of the honorees. He also sat down with the magazine to talk about his critics, his movie career, and how his big year hasn't come without its hardships. Speaking more candidly than ever, Justin told GQ: "I feel — literally — like a bunch of people just took a sh*t on my face." Check out all of Justin's candid quotes, and see the full feature in GQ:

Handling Criticism

On backlash about Runner Runner: "The movie didn't do well at the box office, so I should quit? Hold on a second. If I was somebody else, you wouldn't have said that."

On criticism for his second album: "Double whammy. [Billboard] said, 'Tell him to leave his second half at home.' Where did all this vitriol come from? It's mean. And I'm not cut out for it. I have the number-one album this week, and I shouldn't have released it? Come on, man. You sound like a dickhead . . . It just shocked me because, like, you're trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it."

On how his Memphis roots affect his attitude: "It's a struggling city with a defeatist attitude. I'm from this town, and I grew up with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, so sometimes I find it funny that I've been able to acquire the patience it takes to be kind to people in our business. Because sometimes I just want to f*cking kill everybody."

On moving forward: "I don't see myself as someone who's ever going to be defined by one moment. It's on to the next."

Read on for more from Justin's GQ interview.

His Career

On growing up in the industry: "I've been doing this professionally since I was 10. If entertainment years were dog years, man, I'd be like Gandhi. I'd be like 250 years old."

On his role in Inside Llewyn Davis: "You do a Coens movie and secretly you're like, 'All I want to do is make people laugh in this movie. If I can make people laugh in this movie, then I don't care. Whatever else happens, happens.'"

On the reaction at Cannes: "People were laughing out loud, and it was like that first drink of warm tea — or that first cold drink of beer, or that first hit off a joint. You're just like, 'Yeah, everything's going to be all right.'"


On not being cool: "Listen, I'm not cool. 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."

On being fearless: "I've made a career out of doing things that I should not be doing. 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. And what are you afraid of? You know?"

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