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Mar 10th
08:31 pm
E! talks 'Neighbors' at SXSW  

Sources: Zac Efron on "High School Musical" Reunion, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron Party-Down!,
Zac Efron Shows Off Hot Body in New Film

Here are my feelings on this whole reunion thing. I think he was answering to the reunion aspect before Marc inserted in the film part almost as an afterthought and things got moved to a level he didn't mean. Also, not that he doesn't genuinely love HSM or those guys (and they him) but there is always an element of PR speak in these types of answers… never break someone's heart. That aside, more now than ever, he probably reflects on HSM with a deep sense of nostalgia and affection… how simple life used to be, what an amazing time that was and wouldn't it be nice if life could be like that again. But regardless, A) A reunion movie is really, really unlikely to happen anytime soon (if ever) for many reasons and B) A reunion meetup, like for charity or Jimmy Fallon or whatever, is way more likely. In fact, Zac may have even be thinking of what Mo was trying to organize when he answered this.

Also this is as good a place as any to post this very sweet tidbit that I've been saving for awhile now. It's from Rich Ross, former Disney exec and the man who was pivotal in HSM's success, speaking with THR:
Looking back, which of your projects has been most rewarding?

I went to the set of High School Musical, and Zac [Efron] and Vanessa [Hudgens] were singing "Start of Something New." My eyes welled up. I ran out of the trailer, and I called Anne Sweeney. She was in a meeting, and I said, "Get her out of the meeting." I said, "I've just watched something, and I'm telling you, it's going to change our lives." When we got the first cut of one of the music videos, Anne called Bob [Iger] and [Disney Channels Worldwide president] Gary Marsh and I ran over and Bob was like, "You have to invest in this." [Disney Channel] never really invested in movies before that.

Mood: awakeawake
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Sapphirasapphia on March 11th, 2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks you ehs. This is exactly what I wrote yesterday in our community for Ukrainian fans when translating this message from E! NEWS. I wrote a note on this article, because I knew that some fans take these words too seriously, which they shouldn't do. After all, if you were asked whether you want to make a movie with your best friends? Did you not would answer, "Yes! 100%! "? :)
kleth on March 11th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm just an old grump, but I have absolutely no interest in a HSM reunion or HSM 4. That story has been told. It's over. Let's move on.
Bee: Zac - HSM2 BOIjeezbee on March 12th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
I don't believe that he actually wants to do it aside from a few nostalgic moments, nor that it will ever happen but I still wish he wouldn't have said it. He unnecessarily gets the hopes up for many and I could have done without the press as well.

Love Rich Ross' comments.
countessm3countessm3 on March 12th, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
Look, everybody's nostalgic. I look back, thinking how easy and innocent high school was, remembering my life as an undergraduate when I was queen of the club, held court at social gatherings, and had a string of boyfriends.

I have none of that now, you know why? Because today I have a brain in my head. Back then I was a stupid idiot who did ridiculous, high-risk activities, partook in criminal substances, and made decisions based on emotions and pleasure-seeking.

And to tell you the truth, I was absolutely miserable the entire time. Why else meddle with razor blades and pills? Why else stare death in the face and play truth or dare? The reason I had so many boyfriends was because I had one standard: hot.

On the surface I'm positive HSM has the allure of innocence and childhood, but if those involved thought about it, I'm sure they would recognize it as a very challenging time in their lives. Reflection and retrospect make everything seem easy. Besides, there's no going back to that place. So many people try to go back (mid-life crisis) or fail to leave (the 40 year old who lives vicariously through years spent as high school quarterback).

I hope fans realize that and let-it-go.
annabelle83 on March 13th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
I was happy about Neighbors getting great reviews at SXSW, then this HSM 4 rumor exploded all over the world. It even made news in Korean media. Its headline reads like this: "Zac Efron would rather do HSM 4 than Star Wars 7". Most people's reactions are like, "He's a has-been who's trying to revive his career by going back to his old franchise." His publicist needs to ban him from answering anything related to HSM.

Twilight actors say they're happy it's finally over. Miley Cyrus says she won't be Hannah Montanna again. Why can Zac not do the same? He's turning off a lot of people in order to please a handful of delusional HSM fans. I don't even like the idea of him going to an HSM reunion event. If they're really doing this only for charity, not for publicity, they'd better not invite photographers to the event. They should held the event quietly and privately, like when Zac privately visited a cancer patient's house. I'll be mad if they try to get some press out of this reunion thing.

Edited at 2014-03-13 01:37 am (UTC)