Justin Theroux for Details Magazine

Posted on July 11, 2014

A poreless and preternaturally smooth Justin turns the dials to “smolder” for Details Mag.

Justin-Theroux-Details-Magazine-August-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“The Leftovers” star Justin Theroux covers the August 2014 issue of Details magazine photographed by Mark Seliger.


On how he used to garbage-pick: “I used to garbage-pick. It sounds much more disgusting that it is. You learn a lot about society by seeing what’s thrown away. During the period I was doing that, a lot of great stuff was being tossed. What do they call that now, ‘Ironweed chic’? Edison bulbs and all that shit. This was stuff I was finding for free 15, 20 years ago.”

On the ever-present paparazzi: “It can be an annoyance, but it’s not the end of the world. You have to center on what its core thing is, which is that you met someone you fell in love with. It’s hard to explain. I just find myself wondering, What’s the big f–king deal?”

On the tabloid headlines: “It’s always based on fiction. You just kind of ignore it, but then you also become reluctant to say anything about the relationship. I could say everything’s good, and then it’s reflected back as JUSTIN THEROUX: EVERYTHING’S GOOD? That just creates this echo chamber, and it ricochets around the internet, it just gets wacky.”

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Okay, first off, MAJOR kudos to him for not comparing tabloid harrassment to rape or serving in a war zone, which seems to be all the rage right now among the celebrity set, in an epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease sweeping the entertainment industry. Truth be told, he always came off pretty douchey to us, but these are some pretty solid sound bites.

It’s pretty standard guyditorial stuff otherwise; no real style on display, a seedy hotel room, and a perpetually furrowed brow (even through the thick fog of Photoshop on that cover).  Can’t deny he looks hot, though.

The Leftovers is the epitome of pretentious twaddle. That second episode actually made us angry from all the silly bullshit posing as faux philosophizing. It’s got exactly one more episode before we drop it completely.



[Photo Credit: Mark Seliger for Details Magazine]

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  • Danielle

    The smolder, brought to you by several Photoshop tools.

    • MaggieMae

      I think it’s more accurate to say “fumes” Eh, the vibe he gives off reeks. Sorry Jen!

    • MilaXX

      Featuring “Gaussian blur” and “Smooth”

      • e jerry powell

        What’s weird is that they actually tried to leave forehead wrinkles in the center for the cover. That’s creepy.

        • quiltrx

          You’re right…it almost makes it appear the *wrinkles* were the part they added. Bizarre.

          • e jerry powell

            The even weirder thing is: look at his forehead in that last picture, the one with the sleeveless T and jeans. They didn’t even try to smooth anything at all in that shot.

          • KES4K

            One would think there’d be more coordination between the cover editor and the feature editor: “forehead wrinkles, yay or nay?” “Stubble level: 3, 5, or 7 o’clock?”

          • e jerry powell

            Jeez, I hate Photoshop. And magazines.

    • e jerry powell

      Oh, SNAP!

  • Sobaika

    I hate that stupid fucking waste of a show. It’s practically masturbatory (not in a good way). I’ve started the book and it is much much better.

    Any way. He is tremendously one-note here but he looks good-ish. And I am feeling the soundbites.

    • MilaXX

      sadness porn

    • OffToSeeHim

      Not in a good way! Stop, stop, I’ll wet myself! Hahahahahaha!!!

  • decormaven

    Not a fan of the handgun motif necklace, but otherwise appropriate Sausage Friday fare.

  • Thomas

    He only has one look, but if that one look is hot, that’s fine by me. And the soundbites were surprisingly good.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I give Justin points for not indulging in the celeb moaning over having to deal with tabloids and the paps. He looks good, too, even photoshopped.

  • FibonacciSequins

    He’s way too pretentious for me. I can’t get past it.

    • Tina Power

      The cover photo gives me the “I’m wearing my sincere face, Babe. Can’t you tell I’m being sincere? Really I am”.

      • FibonacciSequins


      • Lucía Gavello

        Ugh, he does look like he says “babe” a LOT.

    • Kimberlini

      Agree! Objectively, he’s a good looking guy but his affected style makes me want to vomit all over his “bad boy” self.

  • Glam Dixie

    It’s like the calendar on Zoolander. Every page has the same face.

    • Little_Olive

      Dead on. I’m always amazed at how useful that movie has been for pop culture 😉

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Oh please! First one is Pensive, second one is Philosophical, and third one is A Differerent One That Starts With P. How can you not see that?

      • formerlyAnon

        You beauty.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      And he was actually in Zoolander (he played the evil DJ), so maybe he used it as a reference point 😉

  • Lily

    I just can’t be bothered to be impressed with this guy. I put him in the Ryan Reynolds sector of boring. Meh.

  • Sarah

    These pics are making him look more handsome than I thought he was. He also looks like he has to poop.

    • nannypoo

      Handsome = has to poop? Not so much for me.

      • Sarah

        Ha not EQUALS. Just both, kind of.

  • Ray

    I’ve wanted to marry him since Romy & Michelle.

  • Little_Olive

    Face expression courtesy of the Joey Tribbiani soap opera acting school -can’t they ever just have a relaxed, happy face? Would that deter from the intended hot-macho-ness of the subject?

  • Julie

    I have a really hard time believing that the son of a lawyer and journalist ever had to garbage pick. Just saying.

    • Thomas

      Maybe he did it for fun?

    • FibonacciSequins

      If he was going for things like Edison bulbs, I would guess he wasn’t doing it because he had to.

      • Julie

        You have a point there.

    • MilaXX

      He didn’t have to. It’s the hipster in him compelling him to do so.

      • Julie


      • KinoEye

        The Power of Hipster compels you! *sprinkles Justin with PBR while reading from On the Road*

    • Imasewsure

      Amen… “had to” wasn’t mentioned of course… just pretentiously keeping it real as a privileged twenty-something I’m sure

    • Amber J

      It’s practically a sport here in Kentucky. You see all kinds garbage picking, from rich to poor. If you need to get rid of something, just put it on the curb or at the end of your driveway. It’ll be gone within 15 minutes, if that. Doesn’t matter how busted, old, or junky it is. Someone will stop and pick it up. We once watched a woman in a very nice Lexus SUV wrestle a ratty old clawed up kitty condo into the back of her vehicle. Mom had thrown it away cause the male cats played a rousing game of “who can pee the most on this condo”.

      • Erica

        My neighborhood, in Dallas, Texas, is like that, too. All sorts of folks know the bulk trash schedule and drive around looking for stuff. It’s pretty awesome because you know any halfway OK thing you want to get rid of will be gone in 20 minutes tops.

  • lundibleu

    He’s hot, he gives decent soundbites, but dear GOD. When will more stars start standing up and saying “hey, will you stop with all the photoshop botch jobs” He barely looks like himself on the cover.

  • KT



  • StrandedFashionista

    He’s a boystar that I have no interest in other than he’s hot, and has amazing eyebrows and hair. Also, have you seen the jogging gifs? *DIES*

    • MilaXX

      He’s trying to out juggle Hamm if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

  • MilaXX

    Oh thank goodness you guys found it pretentious! I was mildly interested in the first episode, but the second ep was so annoyingly depressing for no good reason I nearly injured myself rolling my eyes. Yet many of the forums chatting about it had defenders out if full force saying I was missing the point. I think I’ll give this one or 2 more eps and call it a day.

  • Amelia Ross

    “You learn a lot about society by seeing whats thrown away” UGH. SHUSH. Go strum your acoustic guitar in someone else’s dorm

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Well said! I’m probably gonna steal that line.

  • gitchygitchymama

    It appears in the second pic that this thesbians spine is worn up front. wtf?

    • Milos Mom

      lol…. the light is hitting him oddly.

  • Milos Mom

    Boring shoot. Whatever. I thought he was hotter and more interesting pre-Jennifer. It’s like he’s been assimilated and part of some Borg couple now.

    • quiltrx

      THIS! I can’t stand her anyway, so it’s killing me that he’s even with her. But her blandness is flattening out all the edginess he used to have.

  • NBG

    When an animated character bests you at smolder, it’s time to reaccess your life choices. Flynn Rider FTW.
    Justin does nothing for me but typically in a way that I can ignore. These pics, though… Bad enough to put him on my “actively dislike” list.

  • http://www.chifleschips.com Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie


    • e jerry powell

      Mr. Aniston-to-be, allegedly. If there’s still confusion, though, maybe not.

      • http://www.chifleschips.com Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

        Ah, ok. I’m old and out of touch.

        • formerlyAnon

          It’s nice here, in the Territories of Old and Out of Touch. Soothing.

    • KinoEye

      I was blissfully unaware of him until I saw Mulholland Drive last year, and that movie is more than 10 years old. I am Young and Out of Touch. Soothing at any age!

  • Imasewsure

    Really like the second picture. No to the lounging porn shot…. and major kudos for not coming off like a drama queen… still not interested in him but that’s fine. He’s in good company

    • Anna

      You summed up my feelings exactly. He’s not interesting to me – I have neutral feelings. Shot #2, kinda boyish-thug which is decent.

  • Sean Pflueger

    He looks more attractive on the show than in these shots. It looks like the gave him lots of self tanner.

  • SuzyQuzey

    I find all of his interviews to be navel-gazing and hipster-douchy.

  • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

    It’s almost back to his super hot DC-punk lefty look from over 10 years ago. Sigh, those were the days…

  • girliecue

    He is exactly equal part attractive and repellant to me and not interesting enough to spend any time figuring out why. And that description also fits Jennifer Aniston, now that I think of it.

    • Laylalola

      I always feel like I’m supposed to find him attractive — technically, everything physically about him on its own should make him so but damn I’m just not feeling it (and, come to think of this, this is how I think of Aniston too).

      • formerlyAnon

        This and this.

  • nannypoo

    He seems worried. Or he has a hat that screws on.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I think the handgun necklace adds a touch of douche that he really doesn’t need, but other than that it’s not entirely stupid. His publicist sounds very down to earth and approachable.

  • evave2

    Does the cover look photoshopped to destroy all poring of his skin and render him to look like an alien blank or a wax figure? The clothes are so generic my husband could wear them (well not the cover T-shirt, but definitely the rest).

  • Janet B

    The quotes are more interesting than the photos.

    Photoshop should be banned.

  • marjorie

    So retouched, I thought it was Guyliner Richard from Lost.

  • Anglow

    I think he is handsome, but he doesn’t seem like he’s funny and a man must be funny, or twinkly, or something that makes his eyes shine. Oh, and is that an Adam Lambert tee?

  • https://plus.google.com/+FrankLithiumz/posts Frank Lithium


  • what not

    Ex- boy band member. Nice interview, though.

  • marlie

    He does look less douchey than he has in the past. I like the second picture, but he looks like a Mme. Tussaud’s wax statue of himself in the first. And the last picture is dumb. And I didn’t even bother with the second episode of The Leftovers.

  • Erica

    He’s always kinda bugged me too, but he played a humorous DB lawyer in Parks and Recreation for a few episodes that I watched recently. As a lawyer myself, I always appreciate a good portrayal of annoying lawyers, so he’s risen in my book a bit.

  • quiltrx

    I’ve kinda had a thing for him since Romy and Michelle…and Mulholland Dr. didn’t hurt either! That cover pic is ‘shopped to the point of creepiness, but those inside pictures…rawr.
    I like his sound bytes, too.

  • boweryboy

    That last photo … wow … and he’s not really my type.

  • Man Dala

    He’s handsome enough not to be subject to such extreme Photoshop. He looks unrecognizable on the cover.

  • sunflower

    They retouched all of the character out of his face

  • Ali2044

    He looks like that robot gigolo from A.I.

    • KinoEye

      “Gigolo joe, what do you know?”

  • dmkava

    Thought the second ep was great. Guess it’s all just a matter of opinion isn’t it

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    I dropped it after the first episode. If I watch another Leftovers/Falling Skies/Under the Dome doomsday/this is the end/THIS is the end? show, I’ll need to up my Rx antidepressant. I just want some happiness! Is that too much to ask?

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

    I’ve seen a lot of pictures of this guy and I still say “Oh is that who he is?” whenever I see him. He’s good looking but I’m not seeing any there, there.

    • GTrain

      No there there for me either. And I’m not even generous enough to call him good looking. Meh.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      He is so vanilla.

  • Tobey

    I thought he was soooo hot circa the Charlie’s Angels sequel. Now, I can’t get past the aura of douche-ness

  • smh4748

    That cover couldn’t look less like him–that’s one of the most hilariously inept Photoshop jobs I’ve ever seen. He kind of looks like a Freddie Prinze Jr. and John Stamos lovechild.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    That cover looks like it’s of a video game character.

  • altermyego

    The cover of the magazine says ‘Justin time’. Reminds me of a guy I used to know who changed his name to – Justin R. Hearts

  • BangBang

    Why does he always look like he’s explaining why he can’t repay your $20 loan?

  • AMartel

    So, Phil Dunphy has a stylist now?

  • Sam Smith

    I’m sticking with Leftovers, only b/c I’ve got no GOT, Veep or Silicon Valley.

  • queeniethebold

    i still find him incredibly douchey and uninteresting.

  • suzq

    It’s amazing that 70’s décor somehow translates as “seedy.” Didn’t we all grow up with a rec room like that somewhere in our house?

  • Tuneful54

    He’s like the poor man’s Luke Perry. I find nothing interesting about him whatsoever, and the handgun pendant is offensive.

  • Ghost of Ike Turner

    I have no idea who this is but he looks very punchable.

    • HelloLongBeach

      Your screen name though!

  • surfergirl70

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I find him incredibly interesting. He’s a total polymath – a writer, an actor, a director. His stuff is funny and creative, and he’s very smart. I dig him. And he’s hot.

  • Not applicable

    dropped the Leftovers like cold meatloaf. One serving, and I’m all set.

  • mdcoon127

    agreed on The Leftovers…