1) Tom Lennon says nice things about Zac Efron
[Lennon will] hit the big screen this spring alongside Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in “I Love You, Man;” he’ll play one of the Wright Brothers with co-writer Garant in “Night At The Museum 2,” in the run up to summer, and sandwiched in the middle — becoming Zac Efron’s best friend in “17 Again.”
“Basically, in the movie [Zac’s character] gets a chance to be 17 again. He tells me [and] I take him back to school to enroll him as my son,” Thomas said of his part. “I was like, ‘Oh, that’s so hilarious,’ and then I did the math and I was like, ‘Zac Efron basically could be my son.’ That’s pretty much the most disturbing thought I’ve ever thought.”
Thomas said he developed a great respect for the former “High School Musical” heartthrob during the filming process.
“Zac came in to read with me and he was chased to the meeting by like ten paparazzi cars… He was getting crushed like the Beatles by photographers and that was the very first time that I met him,” Thomas recounted. “My first thought was, ‘There’s no way this guy and I are gonna get along, ‘cause this is just way too frickin’ weird,’ but the thing I just found out about him immediately? He’s really not just like a pin-up kind of Tiger Beat idol. He’s also a really serious, excellent actor. And he’s also really, really funny and really smart.”
And, Zac kept up with Thomas’ comedic chops.
“There’s actually a couple of things in the trailer that you’ll see – he asked me why I’m dressed like Clay Aiken,” Thomas explains of Zac’s humor. “I did not have to lob it to him. He was absolutely full-speed at improv and a really good dramatic actor. And it’s also annoying because he’s so damn beautiful.”
With “17 Again’s” opening still months away, and the sixth season of “Reno 911” in the can, Thomas is presently focusing on his own comedy in the run up to his Largo show.
2) And speaking of Tom Lennon, supposedly Zac attended the opening of Largo in LA on Tuesday.
3) Zac provided a signed valentine for charity event, Hearts Obispo 3, benefiting ARTS Obispo (aka San Luis Obispo County Arts Council).
4) Zac is one of MTV's Male MVPs of 2008. Of course.
5) Brittany Snow says nice things about Zac Efron
“Zac is one of the most genuine, sweet people that I’ve met, and he deserves every good thing that comes to him. He really is just a normal, sweet, charismatic guy, and he’s very special. He’s so busy, and he’s all over the place, so when we do hang out, it’s him dodging the paparazzi and stuff like that. I don’t understand how he does it.”
6) Aaron Metchik says nice things about Zac Efron
New Times You have trained Zac Efron, and I don’t know much about him, except for what I see on the cover of US Weekly.
Metchik Yeah, and every other magazine.
New Times How does a trained actor reach that strange celebrity level where their personal lives eclipse their craft? What is your opinion being in the industry for so long, and knowing Efron personally?
Metchik It was a combination of a lot of things. He is talented. He has a look that a lot of people are attracted to. Younger kids can look up to him. And it’s timing. He was in the right place at the right time, which he has said himself. He really does have something special.