Saturday, February 06, 2010

Justin Timberlake brings sexy back to Harvard

Justin Timberlake, who co-stars in the upcoming partially made-in-Boston flick based on local author Ben Mezrich's tell-all book about the founding of Facebook, picked up his Man of the Year pudding pot on Friday, Feb. 5 during a roast at the New College Theatre orchestrated by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

But, JT did manage to get in a jab regarding the locally shot film "The Social Network" during the press conference.

"I just wanted to say that Harvard wouldn't allow us to film here," he jokes, alluding to the fact that crews with "The Social Network" had to shoot the script's Harvard scenes at Wheelock College and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. "My manager dared me to say that. Ha ha ... just kidding."

During the roast, "The Social Network" star was courted by a Harvard drama queen dolled up as Britney Spears and sported a bra made out of boxes in an obvious homage to his "Dick in a Box" skit from Saturday Night Live.

"Ive never felt more like a man than I do right now," the former *NSYNC performer muses. His girlfriend and actress, Jessica Biel, laughed in the audience.

In the locally shot movie "The Social Network," Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became the founding president of Facebook.

"The Social Network" follows founder Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, getting dumped at a Boston-area bar (shot at the Thirsty Scholar Pub in Somerville) and ends with him adding his former girlfriend to his friend list on his multibillion-dollar social networking site. The story is based on Mezrich's latest book, "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal."

Timberlake, who joins "Bride Wars" actress Anne Hathaway as the 2010 roastee, says he was honored to snag the prestigious Hasty Pudding award. "This is cooler than any Grammy or Emmy that I've ever won," he adds.

Renee Zellweger and James Franco were honored last year. Christopher Walken and Charlize Theron were tapped as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year in 2008.

Click here for photos from Anne Hathaway's Harvard visit on Thursday, Jan. 28.--Copyrighted hotos for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

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