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I posted a couple of these already but just for completeness' sake, I'm doing all I can find now:

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Zac Efron: The new R-rated comedy king
Sitting outside a replica Delta Psi Neighbors fraternity house on the Universal Studios lot, Efron appreciates his new naughty niche.

"Comedy is where I fit in right now. This has been a dream year," Efron says. "For several years in my early 20s, I kept saying, 'No, no, no' to projects. It was a lot of waiting for good material and kind of a depressing time. It wasn’t really working."

Neighbors did work, however initially shocking for fans of his more wholesome image. Efron kept up with star and producer Seth Rogen and injected sincerity into his rowdy fraternity leader Teddy — now the emotional center of Neighbors 2 as he struggles to move beyond college life.

Nicholas Stoller, who directed both Neighbors films, says Efron has comedy chops and those chiseled looks don’t hurt.

“There are very few people who look that way that are very funny. Zac brings both things," Stoller says. "It’s scary for the normal-looking comedians trying to ply their trade.”

Efron is also willing to revel in the raunch while bringing what Stoller calls “hyper-preparedness.” Two days before a comical male revue-style dance for Neighbors 2, Efron discovered there were no choreography plans in place. Stoller assumed Efron would improvise.

"That was like 'Oh boy,'" Efron says. "You cannot just dance. That's not how you do it."

Faster than you can say hunk-o-mergency, Efron dialed a choreographer friend who jetted to the Atlanta set. The final routine to the song Booty Loose is a show-stopper.

“I learned some simple Magic Mike-esque moves,” says Efron says. “And it all worked out.”

Now that he's a proven he can own the movie comedies, Efron says he's ready to show off more moves career-wise. Next he'll appear with Adam DeVine in the R-rated Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, out July 8, and he's currently filming the debauched movie version of Baywatch with Dwayne Johnson (for a May 2017 release).

"I’m excited for my next adventure," Efron says. "Whether it’s drama, musical, or who knows? Something different to shake it up."

A rowdy guide to Zac Efron's debauched comedies
Zac Efron has followed one comedy philosophy since making the breakthrough to raunchy comedies with his starring role in 2014's Neighbors — you gotta be ready to go there.

“Everyone wants to push it to the limit,” says Efron, 28. “There’s stuff you do because it’s going to be funny. But I’ll do pretty much anything if it makes the story better.”

Efron continues to work this R-rated doctrine alongside Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (opening Friday). In the sequel, Efron's frat boy Teddyrefuses to move past his party-glory college days.

Here's a guide to 2016's most outrageous Efron moments and a primer for projects to come:

Dirty Grandpa

Efron was thrilled to star alongside legendary actor Robert De Niro, who plays his lecherous grandfather in the comedy, which hit theaters in January. He was game to flex cheesy on a Spring Break stage before shooting a morning-after party scene wearing nothing except body graffiti and a strategically-placed bumblebee.

“I just kept thinking, ‘You’re doing it with De Niro. You’re doing it with De Niro,’" Efron says. “Being the straight man to De Niro is priceless. There wasn’t too much I wasn’t willing to do. Including wearing next to nothing."

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Before a raunchy Magic Mike dance number in the college party comedy sequel, Efron's Teddy resorts to having a slab of meat rubbed on his body (Teddy forgot his baby oil).

The meat was spiced, grilled and injected with actual baby oil for the scene. Efron’s co-stars, including Rogen, smeared it all over him.

“As it was rubbed in and I smelled it, all I could think was, ‘How long will this go?’ and about taking a shower,” Efron says. “It was all pretty gross.”

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Dave (Efron) and Mike (Adam DeVine) are two brothers who love each other almost as much as they love to party in the R-rated comedy out July 8. But they brawl big-time during their sister's wedding rehearsal dinner.

"We took it to another level," Efron says. "It was so serious and so dumb at the same time."


Efron is still shooting the proudly risqué movie version of the classic '80s TV series (due out May 2017). But early clips have already shown Efron's brash Brody butts heads and exchange Not Safe for Anywhere language with lifeguard boss Mitch (Dwayne Johnson).

“Brody is kind of like Justin Bieber-esque in the beginning, in the good ways and bad. He just has some attitude,” Efron says.
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foulchordfoulchord on May 19th, 2016 03:15 am (UTC)
Its tremendous :)
cologne66cologne66 on May 19th, 2016 04:13 am (UTC)

Finitely a photoshoot and i love it! He looks perfect. Can't wait for the issue!
dewgdewg on May 19th, 2016 04:29 am (UTC)
Oh this Men's Fitness video

I can't remember the last time I saw Zac so good looking

Is pretty obvious that he knows he's sexy as fuck (And you can't blame him for it)
Aliciapop86 on May 19th, 2016 03:57 pm (UTC)
I love the Men's Fitness BTS video. He looks fantastic.
countessm3countessm3 on May 19th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. The gods have heard me and produced a Zac Efron Men's Fitness issue. Can we legislate a wetsuit for Zac at all times? I mean, people are legislating who can and who cannot use the bathroom so there's no reason to think we couldn't front a bill about Zac and wet suits (because his body was made to wear them).

Heads up to Efrontho who posts pictures of Zac Efron with an icon of Colton Haynes. Exquisite Taste in both guys.
kleth on May 19th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
"There wasn’t too much I wasn’t willing to do. Including wearing next to nothing."

Zac always tries to come across as modest, but I don't think he is bothered at all about taking off his shirt again and again. As I pointed out elsewhere, Zac only values achievements for which he has worked hard. And he hasn't worked harder for any goal than for his physique. I mean every day, for years and years.

Zac hates it when people like me point out that much of his success has come from his dazzling charm. He doesn't like to think that he has benefited from something he didn't earn, something he can't control.

But there's nothing wrong with building on your natural strengths. Charm plus hard work is a winning formula.
countessm3countessm3 on May 20th, 2016 03:19 pm (UTC)
"Zac hates it when people like me point out that much of his success has come from his dazzling charm. He doesn't like to think that he has benefited from something he didn't earn, something he can't control."

You have to be in a position of complete subjection to the will of other people to understand it. Right now my future success is entirely predicated on the decisions of other people and I'm absolutely terrified. I haven't submitted to any journals until this year due to this terror, but I have to get published to get a job, and so I'm submitting, knowing that right now its fashionable to write external, objective stories where characters don't think or feel, they only act and I write psychological stories where I'm all up inside someone's head and in their soul (so was Shakespeare and Dostoevsky, but people right now only want Hemingway). I'm going against the grain without a leg to stand on, to use a mixed metaphor, and it's all anxiety and depression and terror.

I'm at the top of my class because I give 110% to everything I do and most people don't, but other than that, the only source of power I have is over my body. I can work out and eat and sleep and change my routines and see results and nobody except God can interfere with it. Bodybuilding is the only sport where he who works hardest wins, because you set the goals, you do the work, you reap the results and you judge yourself. Everything else involves other people an their opinions. That's why bodybuilding is self-empowering and offers a way to disavow negativity and rejection.
kleth on May 20th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
I think we agree.

But he includes his other talents in his "earned value" system, not just fitness. He works hard at learning new tricks and values these achievements because he worked for them. He wouldn't value them if they came as natural abilities.

He must be very conflicted regarding his gorgeosity. He didn't do anything to earn his good looks, so he can't value them; yet he must recognize that his looks are a valuable asset in his movie career.
countessm3countessm3 on May 20th, 2016 07:59 pm (UTC)
Zac and I are alike in that we thrive on challenges and overcoming them to succeed. I’ll even venture to guess that if Zac is confronted with two courses, an easy one and a hard one, he will choose the hard one simply because it’s a bigger challenge. I believe this personality trait (drive/energy) is inherited and fostered in one’s environment. Zac mentioned his dad is very driven and cultivated that in Zac. Of course, laziness is inherited too. There are some people content to do nothing, but if you were to take Zac and force him to do nothing he would absolutely go mad and/or get into trouble. It’s the drive to conquer- not countries or corporations or governments-but oneself that makes life worth living.

Of course, being a mini Napoleon has its drawbacks, like an inability to handle failure well and being a control freak. Though I no longer expect anyone to live up to my standards (I can barely live up to them myself), I am absolutely merciless with myself and demand perfection of myself every time. Some mini Napoleons do expect others to live up to their standards and this is problematic because most people aren’t built that way nor do they hold themselves to the highest criteria. To survive one has to let others choose failure or simple competence, even if that choice makes no sense. I bet this is something Zac has to reckon with constantly since he works hard to achieve his goals.
Bee: Zac - WAYF Portraitjeezbee on May 27th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
I'm really happy he got a good photoshoot and cover after all.

He looks great.