Justin Timberlake says he and Lance Bass were “so hurt in their butts” after hearing their NSYNC bandmates had voiced roles in 2002’s “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” that there was a Relief came when they realized that their scenes didn’t work in the final cut of the film.
Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and JC Chasez had filmed a music video on a studio lot while the Star Wars prequel was being filmed on a nearby sound stage. When the producers found out that they were big fans of the film series, they were immediately cast as Jedi Knights for that day’s filming.
Unfortunately, Timberlake and Bass were not on set that day. Although they wouldn’t have made it anyway.
As Fatone explained recentlyThe delay in the boy band’s Jedi Knight performances was budget-related.
“Some of us actually were, but then they gave up because it was us [SAG-AFTRA members]“Fatone said during a Fandemic Tour Atlanta event last year. “Usually they have to pay the SAG rights for it. We just signed a confidential agreement that we didn’t say anything about, but they had to stop us.”
The turn of events occurred during the newly reunited band’s appearance on this week’s interview/taste test show “Hot Ones.”
When asked by host Sean Evans whether the “Star Wars” story was true, Timberlake quickly and sarcastically replied: “Now we get to the important questions.”
Kirkpatrick then proudly confirmed the experience.
“Yeah, hell yeah,” Kirkpatrick said.
Timberlake joked that he and Bass weren’t exactly unhappy with the ending.
“When you guys got cut, we thought so,” Timberlake said, giving a sly look as Bass smiled and the others laughed.
Watch the preview of NSYNC’s “Hot Ones” below before it streams in full on YouTube on Thursday.