Diaz: Justin's earned comedy chops
Published 12/04/2011 | 12:12
Cameron Diaz has praised her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake's comedy skills on their new film Bad Teacher.
The Something About Mary actress co-stars with the singer and star of The Social Network in the movie, and was impressed with how he was maturing as an actor.
"I think he's doing a great job. He's so talented, obviously. He's proven himself as a comedian over the years, starting with Saturday Night Live," she told Collider.
"We got our wish list on this movie cast-wise. We wanted to have the best people possible for the parts, and we got Jason Segel, we got Justin Timberlake, we got Phyllis Smith.
"Being able to have these amazing comedians and all of the other wonderful actors and comedians who colourfully occupy these characters around us is really, really fun. I feel we scored on our cast members for this movie."
Cameron stars as a boozy, cussing teacher opposite Justin as a rich substitute teacher in the new film, due for release in June, and said she found her conniving character "very liberating" to play.
"She doesn't care, so you can't really care. In the end of it all, I think that her lack of self-respect [is because] she wasn't given skills, she wasn't given the skills to recognise what she has to offer and who she is and to value herself," she said.
"The great thing about Elizabeth is she says the truth, she says it how she sees it. There's great wisdom in what she says, in fact."