Some PR stuff, possible screening per random twitters :|
|April 5th:||More media|
|April 11th:||SNL (Hunter, JT, and Tom as skit guests, please. please)|
|April 13th:||The View (Zac)
The Today Show (Zac)
Possibly other NY appearances ie GMA
David Letterman (Zac)
|April 14th:||Los Angeles premiere (6pm @ Grauman's Chinese Theater)|
|April 15th:||Ellen (Zac)|
|April 16th:||Jimmy Kimmell Show (Zac)
David Letterman (Matthew)
Chelsea Handler (Melora)
|April 17th:||The View (Matthew)|
|April 26th:||Berlin premiere|
|April 27th:||Madrid premiere|
Jim Gaffigan talks to MTV about Zefron
Comedian Jim Gaffigan Fan Of ‘Dreamy’ ‘17 Again’ Co-Star Zac Efron
He’s one of the funniest men in stand-up comedy. But when Jim Gaffigan recently got to shoot a movie with Zac Efron, even he had some lessons to learn about timing.
“He is so equipped for this mega-stardom, it’s kind of scary,” grinned the comic, who appears opposite Efron in “17 Again,” which hits theaters April 17th. “Obviously, after ‘High School Musical,’ [we know he] can dance and all that. And there is a dance number in there - and I am in the corner eating Hot Pockets.”
Despite recent rumors that Efron had given up dancing to pursue more adult roles, the 21-year-old star does manage to kick up his heels one last time in a “17 Again” scene.
“He dances to [Young MC’s] ‘Bust a Move,’ because it’s different eras,” explained Gaffigan, whose new DVD/CD/TV special “King Baby” dropped recently. “It’s pretty intense.”
Discussing his role in the film, Gaffigan explained: “I play a basketball coach; I’m the same basketball coach he had when he was 17, and then when he is 37 [but in the body of a 17-year-old],” explained the comedian, who has also appeared in “Three Kings” and “Super Troopers,” among other films. “He reinvents himself and runs into some of the people he knows, and one of the people he knows is his basketball coach that treats him the same way.”
And after playing Troy Bolton, Zac has certainly had plenty of time to hone his skills on the court. Still, Gaffigan joked that although he’s better than most actors, Efron won’t be taking Shaq’s place in the NBA anytime soon.
“I mean, he is not going to beat Obama on the court, but he seemed like he was decent at it,” he explained. “I don’t think there is any dunking going on, but they choreographed some plays and he looked fine out there. It wasn’t like they needed some stunt double to do all the shooting.”
“He is such a nice guy,” beamed the funnyman. “And he is very dreamy.”
Zac to the future
With the High School Musical outings making him a tween sensation, Zac Efron has said he's keen to grow up. So, what's he doing in a movie called 17 Again? Paul Byrne meets the 22-year-old to find out.
The oscars may have more clout, glamour and pubic hair, but the Kids Choice Awards has got the screaming fans. The screaming, can't-live-without-you, I'll-buy-anything-you-have kind of fans.
"It's a little scary sometimes," says Zac Efron, who saw his recent offering, High School Musical 3, pick up Favourite Movie and his on-and-off-screen squeeze, Vanessa Hudgens, pick up Favourite Actress at last week's Kids Choice Awards shindig. "The kind of devotion you get with the fans I have is incredibly flattering," he says. "Who doesn't want to be a Beatle for a day?"
The trick, of course, is to go from Love Me Do to I Am The Walrus over the course of a career and not lose those rabid fans along the way.
"That's absolutely the trick," laughs Efron. "It's something I've always been aware of, this notion of growing with the roles you do, so, you know, I'm ready and willing to get to I Am The Walrus. It just means having to come up with Eight Days A Week, and Penny Lane, and Strawberry Fields Forever in the meantime. That shouldn't be a problem, right?"
Right. Efron takes his first step in that direction with next week's 17 Again which looks like it should be a lot of fun. In it, Efron plays the teen version of Matthew Perry's Mike O'Donnell who wakes up one morning to find that his dream of reliving his high school years harder, better, stronger, faster has actually come true.
"On paper, it might not seem all that big a leap forward from the High School Musical films, in that I'm playing a teenager, in high school, but my character is actually much, much older. So, hey, it's a start..."
When it came to playing Matthew Perry's inner teenager, did Efron trek through his Friends DVDs, go rooting through Perry's high school year book, get the guy drunk and find out his adolescent nightmares?
"Ideally, I would have done all those things, but we were dealing with a character that was pretty well defined by Jason Filardi, the writer, so there was plenty to go on there," he replies. "Naturally, I was watching Matthew's performance like a hawk, trying to spot any little quirks that I needed to copy, but both of us were working towards making this Mike O'Donnell a believable guy."
With a name like O'Donnell, he's obviously got Irish blood -- hence the simple fact that he's a handsome, debonair devil...
"Oh, with the Irish blood, how could he be anything less?" laughs Efron.
Another major step in our young actor's plans for world domination seems to have come to nothing, with the recent announcement that Efron has pulled out of a planned remake of the 80s naff classic Footloose, being revised by High School Musical director Kenny Ortega. Taking on the role that made Kevin Bacon a teen idol would have been a perfect fit for Efron, so, if it is true that he's no longer going to put on his dancing shoes for Ortega again, I'm sure he has a good reason. Besides, it's not like he has nothing to do.
Such as re-teaming with 17 Again director Burr Steers for an adaptation of the novel The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud, playing a cemetery caretaker who has a weekly discussion with the younger brother whose death he feels responsible for -- which sounds about as far away from the all-singing, all-dancing High School Musical outings as you're going to get.
"Well, that's partly the idea," nods Efron. "I'm not trying to avoid any connection with those movies, because they were great fun, and I'm very proud of what they've achieved, but I really fell for The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud because it's that little bit different. Well, actually, it's a whole lot different. There aren't many big movies out there dealing with death..."
Another movie that will no doubt show his range is the upcoming Me And Orson Welles, directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed And Confused, School Of Rock), and based on Robert Kaplow's acclaimed novel. Efron will take the lead role of Richard Samuels, a 17-year-old who is cast in Orson Welles' Broadway production of Julius Caesar only to find that the sexual politics backstage can be a tricky business. So, was Efron able to call upon any real-life experiences for this role?
"Well, that would be telling, wouldn't it?" he smiles. "I think Hollywood isn't quite the den of depravation that it once was. So, no, thankfully, I've never faced that kind of dilemma."
If depraved sex hasn't been on the menu for Zac, what about that other great Hollywood pastime, hard drugs? Efron was recently given a piece of valuable advice by one of his idols, Leonardo DiCaprio, who told him, "Oh, by the way, if you really want to mess this all up, try heroin." Efron wasn't sure if he was being serious, but DiCaprio added, "No, seriously, that's pretty much the only way you're going to screw this up, and you shouldn't go down that road -- it will mess you up without fail. Do not do drugs."
"It's like one of those moments where they have the local fire chief, or the local mayor, swing by your school to tell you about the pitfalls of partying too hard," says Efron, "except, here's a guy who's been through so much, you really take everything he says straight to heart. Leo didn't have to say that, but he obviously felt strongly enough about the subject, and about me, to pass on his advice.
"So, you know, as much as I respect fire chiefs and town mayors, I'm totally going to take the advice of someone like Leonardo DiCaprio. If that guy wants to write a book for me, just listing all the dos and don'ts of this business, I'll happily learn it, word for word.
"I'm in this for the long haul, and that means staying healthy, focused and happy..."
Independent UK Interview
School's out for Zac Efron
The heartthrob lead from Disney's teen musicals has graduated to adult romcom. He tells Gill Pringle why he hated Leonardo DiCaprio
Hollywood is littered with the carcasses of former teen idols who failed to make it in adulthood. But, for each forgotten David Cassidy or Hilary Duff, there's a flip-side to the coin.
Which is why High School Musical's star Zac Efron is taking his tips from pin-up predecessors like Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio in planning a career to transcend the curse of pubescent success.
Efron, 21, smartly severs the Disney umbilical cord with 17 Again; his first foray into the semi-adult world of romantic comedy, in which he is romantically paired with an actress twice his age. And while his devoted teenage fans will doubtlessly still flock to the cinema, it's a smooth move toward reaching out to an older audience; more specifically, towards older women.
"Since I was very young, I've always got along with adults as well as, if not better, than kids my own age. I don't know why that should be?" he asks coyly. "Throughout HSM, there's been a teenage following. But even more than that, there's been the moms right from the very beginning. The more interesting fan encounters are usually with moms," he continues.
"As far as the mothers are concerned, you never know what's going to happen. Its funny because the kids can be shy but the moms feel like they know you. They come across as very comfortable. They want to talk to me and ask how I'm doing, and sometimes they want to go and get a bite to eat... Oh yeah, a lot of stuff like that," he says, nodding his head slowly for emphasis before proceeding to demonstrate the distinctly teen skill of "talk and text".
"The trick to secret texting is all about positioning," he says lowering his iPhone to just below the top of the table in his Beverly Hills hotel suite. From this position, he stares directly into my eyes while, hidden from view, his fingers move furiously, writing and sending a text at the same time. "Look!" he says triumphantly, sliding his phone across the table moments later. "And barely any spelling mistakes!"
It's a rare spontaneous moment in the precision-coordinated life of this man-child, whose playful smile, deep blue eyes and cute haircut have launched an entire Disney franchise. He played HSM's fleet-footed high school basketball star Troy Bolton, in the made-for-TV movie that not only broke all cable-TV records but made history by crossing over to the big screen, where HSM3 would break further records for the highest grossing opening weekend for a musical.
For Efron, the result has been an almost total absence of privacy for the past three years.
"It's something you can't really deal with, and the more people that get involved, trying to curb, say the paparazzi for instance, the hairier the situation tends to get," he says hesitantly. "It's the law of attraction, honestly, a lot of that stuff. And the more you worry about it, and the more precautions you take, the worse it seems to be than it really is.
"But its pretty weird, and I don't want to come across like I'm preaching bad about that stuff, but it is pretty annoying. Once they know where you live – and there's so many of them now – they just wait there all day," says Efron, who recently purchased his first home, an unostentatious three-bedroom Hollywood one-storey house whose address is now known to every pap in town.
17 Again's director Burr Steers paints a more detailed picture: "Zac's fans knew pretty much every detail of our shooting schedule. Just getting him to the set each day involved a number of decoy vehicles and look-alikes. It was an incredible operation of almost presidential proportions, and at the centre of it all you have Zac, who managed to remain unbelievably normal." But Steers insists it was all worthwhile. "Put a camera in front of him, and he pretty much lights up. Getting Zac Efron to star in your film is the equivalent of winning the lottery."
If Efron is to be believed, his popularity wasn't always so: "Honestly, if anyone could see me in high school, I think they would just laugh because it's a complete 180 from what it is now," he says disarmingly.
"High school was great for a lot of reasons, and it sucked for a lot of reasons. I'm in a different place now where it seems like all the things that I used to worry about back then were so miniscule compared to things I worry about now."
Born Zachary David Alexander Efron in middle-class San Luis Obispo, 200 miles north of Los Angeles, he attended nearby Arroyo Grande High School. While his power-plant engineer father David and secretary mother Starla encouraged his academic studies, they couldn't ignore their eldest son's singing talent, enrolling him in vocal lessons which led to a small role in a local production of Gypsy which ran for four months. Going on to appear in stage productions of Peter Pan, Auntie Mame and The Little Shop of Horrors, he soon won guest spots in TV series ER, CSI: Miami and NCIS.
But he hit the jackpot when he was cast as the lead in Disney TV movie High School Musical in 2006. On his first audition, he would meet future girlfriend and co-star Vanessa Hudgens, and they have dated ever since then.
In 17 Again he plays a teenage father who abandons his dreams for family life in the suburbs – something young Efron has no plans of doing in real life: "I guess you take the necessary precautions. That was advice that was given to me very early on and I've followed it very well," he says teasingly.
"The very idea of kids at this point is frightening to me. Maybe its over-exposure at a young age to a lot of kids?! Right now, I think I'm honestly, deep-down, too selfish of a person. So I don't have that longing yet. I think eventually, maybe, it will come."
Does Efron believe in waiting for true love before having sex? "Sure, that's what my parents told me. That's what I believe; that's what I was brought up to believe. I think everyone thinks that at some point – its just how soon you change your own opinions, you know..."
Therefore it was with an open mind that he approached his sexy scenes with 37-year-old Leslie Mann: "I had no idea how it would turn out, but after five minutes of talking with Leslie, I have a crush on her. Sure, it was little awkward initially and I fluffed my lines a few times... now I'm blushing!"
It's a plot-line that is part Big and part The Graduate. Efron has no trouble anticipating a new Mrs Robinson-style following: "Absolutely," he grins. "I have no problem at all with that."
A few months ago Efron was spotted sitting alongside Leonardo DiCaprio at a Los Angeles Lakers game. "It was a complete fluke we sat next to each other, but it turned out to be the best thing that happened to me," he says. "Leo, for me, was the first time I ever recognised fame. I was in fifth grade when he was literally on every magazine cover for Titanic and all the girls had these Tigerbeat magazines and I'd say, 'Dude, what's so great about that kid?' I was jealous. I mean, you couldn't help but hate the guy. And now, to some degree, I've made it and I'm going through the same thing.
"But it was hard to talk to Leo that night because you're at a game and there's a million photographers and you're just trying to enjoy the game. He said a couple of small things but he suggested we talk outside of the game which I plan to take him up on. But it was a pretty weird encounter to meet this person whom I'd grown up hating, to now just completely loving his body of work. I mean, its pretty miraculous for him to have gone from that position to doing all the incredibly diverse films he does today. That's the kind of career I would like for myself."
Certainly he is heading in the right direction. Presently in pre-production on musical comedy Footloose, reprising Kevin Bacon's breakout role 25 years ago, later this year he will be seen starring opposite Claire Danes in Me and Orson Welles, based on Robert Kaplow's novel of the same name, and shot last year in the Isle of Man and London. He plays a teenager who becomes involved with an ambitious production assistant.
Precariously poised between youth and adulthood, he tells a story that demonstrates that curious divide between two worlds: "I was at the beach one day, building a sandcastle and generally just goofing off. Oh, this is embarrassing... So there I was, building a sandcastle, and I was digging and I got to a point where it was pretty cool, it was a pretty rad sandcastle and it was getting big, it was tall, well formed, holding up.
"And I had a big moat so the ocean wouldn't knock it down and then a young fan came up and I signed an autograph or something like that and she took a picture, after which she proceeded to jump directly onto my sandcastle and ruin it, and completely kill it and make explosion sounds and all this stuff and I thought that was pretty funny. I don't think she knew she was doing anything wrong.
"I don't know why that moment has stuck with me. I guess it has something to do with the fact that perhaps I'm too old to be building sandcastles today. But I can't help myself."
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lol awkwardly @ "Zachary David Alexander Efron"