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Aug 20th
10:13 am
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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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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.