Timberlake says he and Bass were "so butthurt" when they learned that Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and Chris Kirkpatrick had been tapped for small Jedi roles without them after they went to Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch and Industrial Light & Magic in the early 2000s. (Neither Timberlake nor Bass were present at the tour.)
When asked on the latest episode of Hot Ones to confirm rumors that they had been cast for the guest roles, Timberlake quipped, "Now we're getting to the nitty-gritty questions."
"A few of us, yeah," Chasez confirmed, adding that the chosen trio had to train for some sword choreography.
"I remember us getting a call like, 'You're never going to believe what happened,'" Timberlake said. "Me and Lance were so butthurt."
At which point Bass interjected, "But they got cut out anyway."
Timberlake joked about his and Bass' joy when they found out about the scrapped scenes, prompting laughter from the group.
Fatone confirmed that the cameos were indeed cut during a panel at Fandemic Tour Atlanta last year, revealing that he and two of his bandmates recorded two scenes, including one as extras during the movie's Battle of Geonosis. "We were [SAG-AFTRA members]," he said at the time. "Usually, they have to pay the SAG rights to it. We only signed a confidential thing, but they had to cut us out of it."
"They put us in the wardrobe — I had a Padawan tail," Fatone added. He also noted that George Lucas himself "came out and directed us, which was really cool. Somebody was taping this, so I asked [producer] Rick McCallum, 'How do I get this footage?' He's like, 'Ah, I can't give it to you.' So there's actual footage of it."
During the Hot Ones segment, Fatone once again implored McCallum to send them the shelved material. "Let's get that footage, please. I want to see it."
Release the Boy Band Cut, dammit!
NSYNC is set to release "Better Place," their first song together in 20 years, for Timberlake's animated feature Trolls Band Together on Sept. 29.
Watch the group's Hot Ones interview above.
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