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Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Celebrity guests at Marine Corps Balls: Do the Few and the Proud know what they’re getting into?

(Video: Kelsey de Santis invites Justin Timberlake)

Do the Marines know what they’re getting into? Do they really want movie stars as dates?

Justin Timberlake. (Jason DeCrow/ AP)
Sgt. Scott Moore’s witty YouTube request for Mila Kunis to accompany him to a Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina went viral and cadged a “yes” out of the starlet. That inspired Quantico-based Cpl. Kelsey de Santis, a martial-arts trainer, to post her own video invitation to Justin Timberlake last week — and since he’s busy promoting the same movie as co-star Kunis (“Friends with Benefits”), he graciously agreed.

Mila Kunis (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Or so JT’s said on the interview circuit. A rep for the NoVa base told us “no official correspondence has taken place between Mr. Timberlake’s folks and our folks.”

But he’s certainly welcome. Marine units across the country host their own balls each November to celebrate the anniversary of the corps’ founding — a great chance, said Quantico’s 1st Lt. Brian Villiard, “to experience Marine Corps history, and tradition. . . for anyone who’s not familiar with that type of thing.” OK, but . . . we're warning you: Celebrities have a way of sucking up all the oxygen. You don’t want this to go the way of the White House Correspondents’ dinner.

“We really hope everyone expects this isn’t a publicity thing,” said Villiard. “The Birthday Ball will be the Birthday Ball, and it’s about the Marine Corps birthday.”

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