If Zac Efron wants to become a serious actor in Hollywood, he’ll need to embrace his serious fans. Even if that means indulging those who only want to remember his “High School Musical” days.
“The biggest sin any star can make is disrespecting [his] fans: The people who got him there,” says veteran publicist Howard Bragman.
This week, both of Efron’s worlds collided when his enthusiastic HSM fans greeted him at the premiere of his new drama “At Any Price.” To their delight, the actor embraced them. Still, like so many former Disney stars — think Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez — Efron has tried to distance himself from his kid friendly past. And for the most part, it’s worked.
Since singing his way through “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” the actor has focused on considerably more dramatic roles, starring in 2008’s period-drama “Me and Orson Welles,” and 2010’s rom-com “Charlie St. Cloud.” In October, he’ll hit the big screen in “The Paperboy,” a film that involves murder, sex, and a scene where Nicole Kidman pees on Efron. Really.
Clearly, Efron has moved on from his Disney days. And yet, everywhere he goes, hoards of screaming “High School Musical” fans seem to follow. Just as Justin Timberlake shouldn’t laugh at a 30-year-old girl who wants him to sign her very used VHS copy of the Mickey Mouse Club, Efron needn’t dismiss his own Disney fans. Even if they can get a bit crazy.
“Zac is playing smart,” says Bragman. “He has the class of an old time Hollywood star, is growing as a man and as an actor, and if he continues along this path he will retain his current fans along the way and grow an even bigger fan base.” [Source]
Zac Efron and the “At Any Price” cast posed at the Portrait Studio during 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Enjoy the pics!
Enjoy viewing two brand new outtakes from a photoshoot of Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman!
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Zac Efron attended the “At Any Price” premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Enjoy the pics!
Zac Efron promoted his newest movie, “At Any Price,” in Toronto during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9th, 2012. Enjoy watching the video and viewing pictures!
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Zac Efron has been featured in the Blackbook‘s Party Cover with a couple of endangered species for October 2012, on newsstands later this month. Enjoy the pic below!
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Zac Efron attended the Sony Pictures cocktail hour during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at the Creme Brasserie on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Enjoy the pics!
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Zac Efron was spotted heading for a press conference to Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto on September 9, 2012. Enjoy the pics!
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Zac Efron was spotted arriving at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on September 8th, 2012. Enjoy the pics!
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Zac Efron was spotted arriving at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on September 8th, 2012. Enjoy the pics!
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