By R.T. Watson
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - By now, most anyone who knows anything about Comic-Con International knows it has become a grand platform from which Hollywood's studios launch promotional campaigns for upcoming films and television shows.
A problem, for reporters and bloggers trying to cover those launches, is that having seen only brief clips of the films or TV shows, it's often hard to discuss them in a serious way.
But Reuters sat down with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried on Thursday for a brief chat to ferret out the details of their upcoming action film, "In Time," which is set for release in October of this year.
From its description, the movie sounds like an old-fashioned crime thriller, only it is set in the future and people stop aging when they're still young and pretty -- which is perfect for a Hollywood movie. Here's what Timberlake and Seyfried had to say about "In Time."
Q: Justin, do you get to kill anybody in this movie?
Timberlake: "Maybe. (To Seyfried) Wait, do I kill anybody in this movie?"
Seyfried: "Yeah, you kill four."
Timberlake: "Yes I do."
Q: How does that make you feel, killing somebody?
Timberlake: "Feels good. But they were all bad, okay? They were all bad guys."
Q: You can prove that?
Q: Amanda, do you get to kill anyone?
Seyfried: "I shoot somebody."
Q: They don't die?
Seyfried: "Not because I shot them."
Q: Okay, so, there's some shooting and killing. Shifting gears, had you two hung out at all before starting this movie?
Timberlake: "We actually worked on another film called 'Alpha Dog.'"
Seyfried: "Kind of."
Timberlake: "Okay, we didn't actually work together. We were just in the same movie together. As a matter of fact, there are four actors in this movie that were in 'Alpha Dog.'"
Seyfried: "Olivia (Wilde)," "Vincent (Kartheiser)," and the two of us."
Q: They say good work often comes when actors have great 'chemistry' on screen. You two certainly seem to have it, here. Had you established any sort of chemistry before the movie?
Timberlake: "Amanda's really attractive so I don't have trouble having chemistry with her."
Seyfried. "That's not true."
Seyfried: "C'mon...Is it my nose?"
Timberlake: "That's so attractive."
Q: Okay, let me try this: Amanda, what's unique about the character you play in "In Time'?
Timberlake: "Not really anything."
Seyfried: "Not true. She lives in a very rich world, she has all the time she would ever need. She could be immortal, but she doesn't want to be, she's bored. It's meaningless to her. She wants something exciting. She finds her place in the world, and what she wants out of life by going on the run and losing all the time she has."
Q: Justin, Did you get that from her performance?
Timberlake: "I did."
Q: Did Amanda out-act you?
Timberlake: (laughs) "She certainly tried, every scene... No, I'm kidding."
Seyfried: "No. I did. At least, I tried."
Timberlake: "She's great in the movie. I love Amanda as a person and as an actor, and I think so much of her gift as an actor comes from her being a good person. I think this is the best performance I've ever seen from her."
Q: So many actors talk about hating to "do press." If you had a choice between a long press conference or Chinese water torture, what would it be?
Timberlake: "I'd take the Chinese water torture."
Seyfried: "Oh, c'mon press conferences are fun -- when they are only one hour...when they're two, mmmmmmm..."
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)