Elton John: Justin Timberlake's video performance "freaks me out"

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com January 17 2002 12:00 AM ET

For Elton John's new video "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore," the gay pop icon hired 'N Sync-er Justin Timberlake to portray a 1970s version of John, and the Associated Press reports that the elder musician was blown away by the impersonation. "I was so knocked out with this video and so amazed with Justin's performance, because he'd obviously done his homework," John said. "It was incredible. When he's walking along the corridor with the scarf and he plays the fake, imaginary piano--it's strange because that was the '70s for me and he got it. It's so bizarre...it freaks me out." "This Train" is the second video from John's new album, Songs From the West Coast, and as with the first one--"I Want Love"--John does not appear in it. Robert Downey Jr. took on-camera duty for the earlier clip.