"It was never really like that," Fatone says of feud speculation

By Maggie Parker
Updated March 16, 2016 04:35 PM
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Former ‘NSYNC member Joey Fatone insists he hasn’t crossed over to the dark side by making a film with Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough.

According to Fatone, uniting for Dead 7 wasn’t a wild notion because the groups never had beef. “They tried to make it that way, but it was never really like that,” the actor and singer, 39, told PEOPLE at the N.Y.C. premiere of another film he’s in, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

Added Fatone: “It was funny because we were always talking about what each other were doing because we are all interlinked because of Lou Pearlman and Johnny Wright, our manager.”

So does this mean the boy bands didn’t exchange scathing texts or AOL emails (it was the ’90s, after all) challenging each other to sing offs? Apparently not, and the proof is in the upcoming Syfy channel movie, which finds Fatone and ‘NSYNC bandmate Chris Kirkpatrick acting alongside the BSB members, in addition to members of O-Town and 98 Degrees.

While the film is about gunslingers, no boy band blood was shed. “It was fun,” said Fatone. So fun, in fact, that it brought Kirkpatrick and Fatone back into the studio together, just like old times. “I will tell you now, there is a song on the Dead 7 soundtrack, the title song that me, Chris, Nick, Howie, A.J. and a couple of the guys from O-Town sang on,” Fatone told PEOPLE about the mysterious photos he and Kirkpatrick tweeted the other day. “So basically that’s what we were doing.”

No other members of ‘NSYNC will be joining them. As it turns out, Lance Bass, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake might not even know about the project. “I don’t think they said anything, actually,” Fatone shared. “I never said, ‘Hey I’m doing this,’ so they didn’t find out.”

And no, Dead 7 will not lead to a new super group. “No boy bands,” Fatone confirmed.

The film pits members of the groups against each other, and no matter how chummy Fatone has been with Carter, McLean and Dorough, only one group can win.

When asked which band comes out on top, Fatone quipped, “Of course, ‘NSYNC. What, are you kidding me? Sheesh.”