He may have been wearing a white wig and going by the name of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but Justin Timberlake was very clearly taking a swipe at his own acting career during an unaired Saturday Night Live sketch.
The video, released Monday, shows Mozart telling his friends and colleagues he plans to take a break from music to become an actor (sound familiar?). Insert laughter and skepticism from his audience. "Surely you're joking. You're not one of those musicians who thinks they can act."
Mozart then talks about his new play, a "com-rom," about a man and woman who are friends but decide to have relations (read: Timberlake's upcoming Friends With Benefits). "Like that one that just came out a few months ago, No Strings Attached?" someone asks. Mozart tries to also win them over with his recent role in a celebrated drama as "a young playboy who has fun at parties." He says the film will win awards, but will he? "You'd think to be nominated for a Globe, at least," Timberlake says, looking straight into the camera.
There's even a reference to Timberlake, er Mozart's, previous acting experience: the Austrian Mouse Club with little Beethoven and Ryan Gosling, and his well-reviewed turns on the Saturday Evening Farce. Unfortunately, his friends seem to have more faith in the career prospects of one Wolfgang Amadeus Bieber. "Why don't you just a wig on a chipmunk and train it to act like a black man?" he responds, before promising Bach he'll bring "sexy ... Bach" to the party.
Watch the full sketch: