Cannes Film Festival: Actors To Watch
Deadline, Nancy Tartaglione
Zac Efron: According to a foreign distributor who early on acquired Cannes competition film The Paperboy, Zac Efron “enters the acting big leagues” with his role in Lee Daniels’ follow up to Precious. Others say he’s a revelation. “He’s already done some good work that showed he was more than just a pretty face, but you definitely see it here,” says another exec. The Paperboy will be one of the most talked about films in Cannes with a cast that includes Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey, who are both also getting great notices.
Lee Daniels explains Nicole Kidman's 'Basic Instinct' moment
USA Today, Bryan Alexander
Lee Daniels will proudly unveil his new film, The Paperboy, next week which looks to steam up the screen at the Cannes film festival.
Daniels says that all of the film's stars find themselves in some of the movie's breathless scenes -- from Matthew McConaughey, to Nicole Kidman, to John Cusack -- even Zac Efron (shield your eyes High School Musical fans!).
But the blogosphere has zeroed in on one particular scene being called "Nicole Kidman's Basic Instinct moment" -- naturally a reference to Sharon Stone's famous, well, revelation to police investigators in 1992's Basic Instinct.
"My daughter told me about the Internet reporters of this Basic Instinct moment," says Daniels, before admonishing, "It's actually a Paperboy moment."
"There ain't no Basic Instinct moment because we get down," he laughs. "This is just one of the many moments of us getting down in this movie."
The Paperboy focuses on a reporter (McConaughey) and his younger brother (Efron) who investigate a past murder in order to free a man on death row, (Cusack). Kidman, 44, plays the woman who brings the case to the brothers' attention, and has an affair with Efron's character -- despite the young actor only being 24.
Daniels leaves the rest to our imagination until the film screens next week. But he does make a vow: "There is definitely another moment more shocking than that."