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Mar 11th
11:58 pm
'Paperboy' Roundup ft. Alligators  
Okay, catching up on some news from The Paperboy now that things have slowed down on The Lorax front.

Interview with Australian AP via Canberra Times, The Paperboy Parts:
Asked if Kidman plays his mother in the movie, Efron raises his eyebrows and breaks into a smile. "Mother? No, she's my love interest," he laughed.

The actor is usually tight-lipped with the media about anything personal, but while talking about Kidman, and the love scenes they shot, he can't contain his excitement. "Nicole is so gorgeous," Efron, looking like the cat that ate the canary, said.

"It was everything you dreamed of. She was such a lovely person. I pinch myself everyday, especially after doing love scenes with Nicole Kidman. It was the highlight of my life. Nicole was something else and was always in character. She didn't get weird method, like some actors do, but I have never seen anyone so centered."

Loving Australia Parts:
It should come as no surprise that Zac Efron will fly to Australia next month for the premiere of one of his new films.

Australia has become Efron's second home, with the 24-year-old Californian born and bred heart-throb taking up any opportunity to fly Down Under for work or, if he has time off, a secret surfing vacation with Aussie mates.

"It is easy to keep a low profile," Efron, sitting in his trailer on the Universal Studios movie lot, told AAP about his unannounced, stealth trips. "We jump into a little bus and my Aussie friends know all of the best surfing spots. We surf every day and barbecue every afternoon. Then we get to bed early, wake up, surf and do it all over again.

"I love Australia. I have been spoiled by how much I have been to Australia and have surfed all over. What I love about Australia, which is what we don't have in California, is there are so many wide open beaches where no-one is at."

...With regular trips to Australia and so many close relationships with Aussies, Efron said he would not mind buying a house in Australia and maybe even becoming a dual US-Australian citizen.

"God, I would love to," he said. "I'd love to get a nice house down there. It would be a dream to do that. I'll do it when I get that big movie and can afford it."

There only appears to be one sticking point preventing Efron from becoming a true blue Aussie. It could be a deal breaker.

"I love the seafood in Australia," he said. "I love meat pies. I love Tim Tams. Vegemite is the only thing I can't do. I'm adventurous and it's not like I will never taste it again, but I just can't quite get the Vegemite thing."

John Cusack on The Paperboy, from metro.co.uk:
What’s been your most unusual day’s work?

Hunting alligators at night in a swamp in Louisiana when we were shooting The Paperboy. I’m not a fan of mosquitoes, swamps or alligators but I like doing those crazy things. Those moments where you think ‘there’s no chance in hell I’m ever going to do this again’ make me really glad I do the job I do – it’s fun.

John also mentions this in an interview with The Sun video here, ~:53.

Just for fun, some alligator pics

Mood: awakeawake
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It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on March 12th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Omg, no re: his comments on Vegemite! My friend from Australia brought over Vegemite and I love it on toasted bread with a little butter.

More like Zac what the eff is wrong. >:|
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 12th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
u r gross

eames does not approve of vegemite.

Edited at 2012-03-12 06:51 am (UTC)
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on March 12th, 2012 09:48 am (UTC)
xdecemberskiesxdecemberskies on March 12th, 2012 08:27 am (UTC)
I love Vegemite too omg
lilly4848lilly4848 on March 12th, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm gonna say that that alligator is sedated or dead or stuffed....anything but actually alive and well, and was just there for a photo op. Otherwise, my comment would be OMG, what were you guys thinking?
kleth on March 12th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing dead (or so sedated that it's the next thing to dead). It's rear foot never moves, and a live gator, even sedated, would try to get some traction if someone was wrestling with it.
lullaby_lilylullaby_lily on March 12th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Aren't they unable to harm animals during the production of a film?

As a native Floridian, seeing him alligator "wrestling" is pretty cool.
kleth on March 12th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
"Aren't they unable to harm animals during the production of a film?"

Normally, yes. Even if there weren't an industry rule, the PR would be disastrous - theater boycotts, etc.

But I believe gator hunting is normal in Louisiana. We know there's a hunting scene in the movie. Maybe there's an exception if you are using a pre-deceased animal. There were real dead sharks used in Jaws, for example.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on March 12th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
The Zac and Matthew alligator pictures are my new favorite pictures.
Kate BlackKate Black on March 12th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
tackle that gator Zac!
Even the gator wants to give Zac a big kiss! Who wouldn't?
Verdandihyperrrmouse on March 12th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
geezezy creezey I'm scared of crocagators.

That being said, I like Zac shushing the gator. Totally cracked me up! And I also think he's very brave, I doubt I'd ever get that close to a gator, 'course I don't choose to get close to bears and mountain lions either. Stuff happens.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 13th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
i told my sister she has to watch out for alligators. apparently they exist in neighborhoods around houston :(

true story: i saw a crocodile sneeze once. we were in queensland. i was 12. the end.
Malidociousmalidocious on March 14th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
omg that's the cutest story ever hahahahahahaha
Verdandihyperrrmouse on March 15th, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
I'm so never going to Houston. I'm staying as far from alligators or crocodiles as possible.