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Jul 19th
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Movieline Interview
re: superheros and comic books etc.

Zac Efron is a huge comic book geek, but he knows that other comic book geeks won’t believe that. As he told Movieline this weekend, that’s exactly why he hasn’t accepted any of the superhero roles he’s had first pick of.

I spoke with the 22-year-old actor in anticipation of his upcoming romantic drama Charlie St Cloud (look for the full interview soon), and though the film is targeted at women, I was struck by how savvy Efron was about comic-book tentpoles — and how self-deprecating he was about what fanboys must think of him.

Ironically, his girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens may corner the geek market before Efron gets a chance to, as she’ll be starring in Sucker Punch, the next film from Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300). As Efron acted out a bloody, off-the-record Sucker Punch scene for me, he showed off the enthusiasm and athleticism you’d expect from a comic-book hero, but he was candid about the hesitations that have kept him from donning a mask.

You’re at the age when actors get offered superheroes and tentpole films. Has that been happening to you? Do they come to you with, say, the new Spider-Man?

You know, they do here and there. When a superhero movie is about to get made, we’re at different levels of conversation about it. I find that it’s hard to commit to an action movie for the sake of doing action. I love action as much as the next guy, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite genre or one that I look for an amazing performance in. I’d say that it’s what’s underneath the action or what’s driving it that’s really important, and is that necessarily in a superhero movie? I don’t know, maybe. It’d be fun to try. Every superhero origin story is pretty powerful, and there’s usually something to tell there; it’s not just about someone gaining powers, there’s a lot more to it. There’s life lessons in comic books, and I know, because I read them. I learned a s**tload from comics, you know? I think it would be about finding the right one.

But they’ve come to you before, and it hasn’t been the right one or the right time?

It hasn’t been the right time necessarily, or it’s too early. I don’t feel that I’ve earned it quite yet, to be honest. The people that you see them find for superheroes, you go, “Oh yeah, that’s great. That guy is perfect, what a great idea.” Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern? You go, “Finally, he’s going to do something great! We’ve been waiting for it, he’s done all these other things and now I want to see him as that character.”

Or they go and cast someone like Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, who isn’t generally known to a wide audience.

But that’s a whole different thing, you know? He’s coming in as an unknown. Once you sort of establish yourself…I’m in-between, you know what I mean? Andrew Garfield is going to be amazing in that movie because he’s got a brand-new, fresh perspective, and to be thrown into that character so quickly, he’s going to be able to redefine that brand in a way that we’ve never seen before. It’ll be amazing. You’ve sort of seen me before. [Laughs] I don’t know. I think you really have to pay your dues once you’ve been established.

When you say you have to earn it, who do you have to earn it with: the audience, or yourself?

I think for me. I need to have the belief in myself to be able to go and do that. Also, I have a self-awareness of what is out there: Right now, if I was looking at me from someone else’s eyes — like the eyes of the guys who are going to go watch a superhero movie — I can’t say that I’d be “two thumbs up” for me to star in an action movie right now.

Why not?

Why would I be? I haven’t done anything to pay those dues yet, I haven’t made any movies for those fans yet. I think you have to earn the right to hold a gun. You have to earn the right to shoot web.

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It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on July 19th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
I get nervous about younger actors taking on superhero roles. I always think back to Chris O'Donnell and how I thought he was ~so cute~ and watching him play Robin, I was just like D: DNW.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on July 19th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
oh yes, good comparison!

fortunately for me, i never saw that, but man he was trashed so bad for that role.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on July 19th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he took a pretty long hiatus after that. :/ Not to say that will happen to Zac, but it makes me nervous! It seems to work out better for older actors (I'm assuming because past work speaks for itself and sort of minimalizes 'damage control' if other projects don't pan out?) to take that leap.

Hopefully I'm making sense.
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: z | I ain't lost just wanderingmetrocard on July 19th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
LOL this reminds me of something Christoper Nolan said in an interview recently where he dreamt he was Joel Schumacher and making Batman and Robin, and Zac was cast as Robin.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on July 19th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
idk if i should read that as an insult or not... was this in a video or written interview?
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: v | you're just making me famousmetrocard on July 19th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
It was print. IDT it was necessarily meant to be insulting to Zac, cause he listed other actors like Christina Hendricks for Poison Ivy and Michael Chiklis for Mr. Freeze. I think he just used the name cause Zac is young and hot like O'Donnell was, cause like...Christina has red hair, like Poison Ivy and Michael is bald, like Mr. Freeze. It's here though!

I think it was just a shot at Joel Schumacher and his take on the Batman franchise.

Edited at 2010-07-19 08:23 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on July 19th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
oh ok, that's ok then, lol. i didn't really want to have to mess up nolan's face, js.
zaccy23zaccy23 on July 19th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
He might have been insulting Zac, but the fact that Christopher Nolan even knows who Zac is--is okay in my book.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on July 19th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Superhero roles make me anxious! It's so hit/miss.