Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton stars in a new thriller film this October with Runner Runner. This new film revolves around a poor college student Richie (Timberlake), who pays for school with online gambling until it goes bust. He then arranges a face-to-face meet with the mastermind, Ivan (Affleck) whom he believes cheated him. Ivan sees a potential in Richie and decides to bring him into his operation. Richie will soon realize that this partnership will soon become a dangerous game. Runner Runner is directed by Brad Furman and is set to have a wide release on October 4th 2013. Learn more about this new film below:
“Justin Timberlake Talks About The New Film: Runner Runner
On a hot and humid night last August, I spent the night on the San Juan, Puerto Rico set of director Brad Furman‘s (The Lincoln Lawyer) crime thriller Runner, Runner. The film stars Justin Timberlake as a Princeton student who is cheated out of his tuition money playing online poker and ends up traveling to Costa Rica to confront the on-line mastermind (Ben Affleck). The film also stars Gemma Arterton, Ben Schwartz, Dayo Okeniyi and Oliver Cooper and it was written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders).
During a break in filming, I got to participate in a group interview with Justin Timberlake. He talked about why he wanted to do the project, how it’ll be rated R, how he prepared for the role, what it’s been like filming in Puerto Rico, and a lot more. In addition, he talks about Saturday Night Live and if he’d ever consider being a part of the cast for a full season. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what Timberlake had to say. Runner, Runner opens September 27th.
Before going any further, if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, I’d watch that first:
Question: It’s hurricane season.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Just so you know, it is every other day or almost every day.
How bad has it gotten?
TIMBERLAKE: All things considered, we are making the days. So, I guess, it’s alright. But it is kind of a thing when you are into the scene and then 20 minutes go by where you are just standing under a tent like this looking at the rain.
It does you no favors.
TIMBERLAKE: You have to ramp it back it up or whatever.
Can you talk about what drew you to this project?
TIMBERLAKE: Well, honestly, I read the script and I thought it was really interesting. I called the producers and they said, “Read this for the role of Richie and tell us what you think.” I said, “It’s great and I want to play Ivan.” because it is fun to play the bad guy. But I will tell you what really pushed me over the edge: it was meeting with Brad [Furman] and hearing his take on the movie. I thought it was really well crafted. I think that Brian [Koppelman] and David [Levien] are great writers and I just thought the story was really interesting. Then talking to Brad about it and meeting with him about it – we met a couple of times about it – he had all of these great visual ideas to kind of contemporize the movie and to kind of take the stakes to a really nice level.”
Click here to read the rest of the interview at Collider.com.
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