They say David Fincher managed to wrestle a good performance out of Justin Timberlake in The Social Network. They also say however that it’s not one for range. Essentially JT is playing the online renegade version of himself, the boy band lead singer of music downloads. If you’ve seen any of his other work however, you know Pippy’s acting is the Cringe. There’s an obviousness about the way he approaches it, not unlike Madonna, that makes becoming another character almost impossible. At least so far.

But he keeps working at it. Even at the expense of the music he keeps working at it.

So here he is with Mila Kunis on the New York set of Friends With Benefits this morning and his Try, just looking at the pictures, his Try is so hard. They way he’s throwing his head back in “exasperation”, lifting his hands up as he pleads, the attempt at laughter, you’re wincing right? I’m wincing too.

Let’s play the Real or Scene game.

For each of the photos below, identify which ones were taken while the cameras were rolling and which were shot in between takes. The answer key is below. A is Real. B is Scene.

1.a 2.b 3.b 4.b 5.a 6.b 7.a 8.a 9.a 10.b 11.a 12.b 13.a 14.undecided

Photos from Mejia/Asadorian/