Nicole Kidman pees all over Zac Efron in the pulpy sex drama “The Paperboy” and, yes, you read that correctly. But don’t expect him to get excited about this whizzer from an A-lister.
He swears he can barely recall the experience, despite several takes of the scene, which occurs after his studly character Jack is stung by a jellyfish. Kidman’s trampy Charlotte, hot for Jack’s buff bod, administers a home remedy straight from the source.
“I can’t remember. It was a few (takes). My character was sort of unconscious for it,” a smiling Efron said Friday, after arriving in Toronto for Friday night’s TIFF screening of “The Paperboy.”
The man is clearly game for anything, which might surprise people who think of him first and foremost as a wholesome crooner from Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise.
His openness likely wouldn’t shock anyone who has read his revelation in The Advocate magazine that while he’s straight, “I just can’t see what’s so wrong about being gay.”
Efron, 24, sat with one of his “Paperboy” co-stars, Britain’s David Oyelowo, 36, to chat with the Star about the methods of director Lee (Lee Daniels of “Precious”) and the moments of glee in this 1969-set Florida crime saga, which also stars Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and Macy Gray.
OK, inquiring minds what to know: is that real whiz or just Mountain Dew that Kidman administers to you in the film?
Zac Efron: Now I can say this. Lee just kept saying to me, “She’s really going to pee on you!” He wanted me to react with a good scare, but I was just like, “It’s cool. I’m ready. I’m ready to rock.” But I still don’t know what happened. I was in the moment… nah, they had a rig! It’s not actually Nicole’s pee!”
Also eye-catching is how often Zac takes his shirt off, even for a place like Florida. Did you have a contractual obligation to remove it a certain number of times?
Zac Efron: Believe it or not, no! The shirt was revolutionary. I think Lee inspires a sort of fearlessness. I think he requires that, amongst his actors especially. He might come up to you at the last minute and tell you something pretty big about your character, something new you’re just wishing to try. Nothing is safe; you have to be prepared to bare it all.