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Aug 20th
10:13 am
Zac out and about  








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Not posting the eating ones cause that is veering towards stalkerazzi since I can't tell if the photog went inside or not. And no, per a source and contrary to a rumor that is apparently floating around twitter, they aren't looking for a house for Dylan…
 
 
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annabelle83 on August 21st, 2012 09:44 am (UTC)
Maybe they are not getting him work because he's not getting good offers right now...? I highly doubt they are passing on good projects for which directors/producers want him so bad.
Beejeezbee on August 21st, 2012 10:02 am (UTC)
But unless they are relying on the fact that Zac will truly hit it out of the park with At Any Price (which I honestly hope he does but we know how fickle that assessment can be... remember the article about him before Paperboy about him breaking out and how that turned out when reviews came in?), his situation isn't going to get better. Money/box office is still what talks in Hollywood (at least with studio projects which he needs the most right now) and his leverage must have been the best right after TLO opened; with every month happening nothing, his buzz will go down slowly.

I don't think they are passing on good offers but I do think they aren't doing enough. And it won't get better... who do you think will still remember him in 2014? Because unless he films something really soon, he's not going to have anything new out in 2013.

Also, it's not that we're talking about not booking something for 2 months... we're talking about not booking a new project for 15 months and not filming anything for 10 months. If he could get Paperboy and At Any Price 15 months ago, why couldn't he get a similar project in the last year? That's an awful long time not finding ~anything~ which looks halfway decent, even if it's just an indie.

Edited at 2012-08-21 10:10 am (UTC)
annabelle83 on August 21st, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
I think he'd rather take a year or two off than agree to do another chich flick. His fame hasn't brought him good roles, and he doesn't seem to enjoy fame anyway. I think he doesn't mind being forgotten and wants to reinvent himself as a serious actor. But will he be lucky enough to find a good role?

I'm very concerned about how Zac thinks of himself and his career. He can't be happy with his career right now. It seems he's been doing movies he wasn't really fond of. While I don't believe tabloid crap, I think he might actually fall for partying lifestyle if he doesn't find any work soon. I'd rather want him to quit acting entirely than become a new tabloid star. He has a lot of talents and devotes himself to everything. He can find success with other jobs. Acting is a job where hard work and talent don't get rewarded IMO.
Beejeezbee on August 21st, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
The thing is, The Ever After (which he has been developing and was shopping around in Dec/Jan), A Many Splintered Thing (which he at least has been looking at in Feb if he's not even attached to) and Are We Officially Dating? (where I haven't seen actual rumors but it's a hunch of mine) are all romcoms. And not particularly good ones at that. That is something I don't understand.

I don't think Zac is into fame but I do think he is ambitious and wants to make the cool/big movies. I don't think Zac is a character actor (nor do I believe Zac wants to be that or that he thinks it's his calling). And to get there, he has to think strategically... which is what I'm missing in his actions.

Zac getting back to work is important for many reasons. To have new projects out in the future, to learn more (because he's not getting a better actor by sitting on his ass) but also to have the creative satisfaction to have done something and not just hanging around in LA. As said in the past, at some point waiting for ~the perfect project~ becomes counterproductive. Making a compromise and doing your best, is sometimes what it takes; you have to be smart about the compromise though... eg doing a sort of not perfect comedy or thriller instead of a not perfect romance. In my opinion anyway.
annabelle83 on August 21st, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
I don't think Zac is a character actor either. I always thought Zac was this generation's Tom Cruise, and that was what made me a Zac fan in the first place. lol

But it seems HSM did bigger harm to his career than I thought, and I don't expect him to get cast in big movies. It's very telling that he wasn't even rumored to be as a candidate for Finnick. At this point, I'd be happy if he can get good indies where he can earn respect as an actor. Hopefully Bahrani makes a new movie and cast Zac in it. :)
Beejeezbee on August 21st, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
Him not being on the shortlist for Finnick was no surprise to me and imo has nothing to do with HSM but all with the fact that he is too big a name (and too expensive). The same applies to other roles where they are seeking some cheap guy and don't need a name.

While I think he should try getting a studio project (doesn't have to be a blockbuster... a comedy is just fine), I wouldn't be bitching if he had filmed an interesting indie earlier this year or at least something specific lined up for this year (not just a vague attachment but something with a good director and financing which will actually happen). It's just really frustrating to me that they are not taking advantage of the fact that Zac opened a movie by himself, esp since it has happened before.
kleth on August 21st, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
The 15 months without a new project may represent missed opportunities, but they feed into another: With AAP premiering at Venice and both AAP and Paperboy screening in Toronto, he's going to get some interviews, and how is he going to answer the standard question, "What do you have coming up?"

A shrug of the shoulders and the response, "Uh, nothing" is not going to enhance his image.
Beejeezbee on August 21st, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
That's not a problem at all. For one, he has Paperboy coming out in October (and even Liberal Arts in Sep) which he can say. Plus, he has tons in development he can talk about, even if they are not immediate (and lie a bit about the progress if he wants to... it's something many actors do).

Plus, idk if you noticed but the question about upcoming stuff isn't asked often unless the actor does have a prominent project people are already curious about. Interviewers often steer away from it if they see that there isn't anything specific because they know... if it's not announced, they aren't going to get anything new anyway. No point in asking then.

Interviews are least of his worry about not having anything lined up.
kleth on August 21st, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
"Zac getting back to work is important for many reasons....because he's not getting a better actor by sitting on his ass"

So true. I would be much happier with all his down time if he were filling it with training - acting, piano lessons, tap, even ballet would be good - instead of clubbing and lounging around the south of France.

"As said in the past, at some point waiting for ~the perfect project~ becomes counterproductive. Making a compromise and doing your best, is sometimes what it takes"

One of our local indie TV stations shows second-rate movies around the clock. I was interested to spot a young Brad Pitt in some piece of junk. Making movies is the name of the game, you don't build a career by waiting for the best projects. So I'm not sorry, for example, that he did NYE. It kept him busy, it put him out there. Work is good, even if it isn't a Magnum Opus.
kleth on August 21st, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
I should have added, work is especially good if that's how you are learning your craft. An actor can learn a lot even in a bad project (maybe especially in a bad project). You need to burn all the crap out of your system so when the dream project comes along, you are ready.