INTERVIEW: Justin Timberlake Suffers Pinched Nerve From Nude Scenes With Mila Kunis

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

As if headlining their first Hollywood movie wasn't enough pressure, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS  stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis had to share intimate moments in their birthday suits in awkward positions that led to a pinched nerve for JT.

Music mogul turned actor Justin Timberlake switches gears as a supporting character actor to a leading man with Mila Kunis in FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS. In the romantic comedy, Dylan  (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) agree to a sexual relationship with no emotional connection, until the two form a real friendship.

When the former Backstreet Boy heard he would have to share bedroom scenes with "That 70's  Show" actress, he was less than thrilled.

"I was pratically grossed out when I found out I was going to be in bed with Mila but I sucked it up and did my job.  I'm a professional."
Of course, he's kidding about starring with the ravishing beauty, but it was no joke that Justin had to be trained in "nude scene" protocol. The stunt work in the bedroom was choreographed and Justin had to strike a pose to cover up Mila's private parts.
"I actually had to become a frame for two weeks to make sure Mila wasn't exposed in a way  that was beyond her contract. I still have a pinched nerve in my neck."
Justin isn't joking, according to his on-screen leady lady. Mila added that his arms "had  to be positioned a certain way" during their loves scenes. "We really put out our bodies for comedy," Justin told CineMovie.  

Mila pointed out the love scenes did not get any easier or less "uncomfortable" as shooting progressed.
"Two weeks in you become a little less concerned but you're still uncomfortable. There's a  lot of people seeing parts of you that don't necessarily want to be seen."
Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

The Black Swan star admits the "serious love scene" was more uncomfortable than the earlier sex scenes.  For Justin, the fact that the movie goes for laughs rather than drama helped make them less awkward during the intimate moments on set. "It just became funny and it takes the air out of the room, according to SNL's favorite guest host.

One person who did enjoy Timberlake's bare it all moments was actress Patricia Clarkson,  who plays Mila's on-screen mother. Her character walks in on Dylan and his bare bottom while in bed with Jamie. Having worked together on SNL's skit "Mother Lovers" two years  ago, Clarkson said she knew Justin but didn't know him that well until the day of the production, but she can attest to handling himself well.

"To see Justin naked was a really, really wonderful thing. It was fun. There's a certain amount of discretion. And a certain amount not. He was being kind of cool. 'I can handle this.'"
Clarkson is also a huge fan of the FRIENDS WITH BENEFIT star and describes him as one of the "great" people in Hollywood she "adores." Justin shares in the adulation and says he's in "love" with his "Mother Lover" co-star and starts sweating when she's around.  Perhaps there's a movie in there somewhere.

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS is in movie theaters July 22, 2011.

The interview with Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, and Patricia Clarkson was conducted during the press day in Los Angeles July 10, 2011.


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