Zac Efron may not have kept his earlier promise to accept his MTV Movie Award sans shirt, but no matter – presenter Rita Ora was quick to assist.
The Neighbors star, 26, had Tweeted, “If I beat Thor [Chris Hemsworth] – I’m accepting the award shirtless on stage” back in March, but when the moment finally came Sunday night, Efron’s button-down remained firmly in place.
As the audience heckled him, Ora snuck up behind Efron and did the honors, ripping his shirt down to the navel to reveal that the actor had in fact been working on his fitness.
“I really don’t know what to say, but thank you so much to my fans,” a bare-chested Efron added before laughing and removing the top completely, whipping it around like a lasso. Rounding out his acceptance speech? A flex and salute to the cheering crowd.
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Zac Efron Gets Upset About “High School Musical” During MTV Movie Awards Interview
APRIL 13, 2014 • BY DISNEY DREAMING
Zac Efron Upset About High School Musical
Zac Efron sat down to do promo for the MTV Movie Awards, which are airing tonight, and during the interview he got a bit upset. Zac’s “Neighbors” co-stars were asked about the Disney Channel Original Movie “High School Musical,” and Zac wasn’t a big fan of their answers!
At one point Zac ends up walking out of the interview! But you can see him laughing as he does it!
Watch Zac and his “Neighbors” co-stars in the video below, and be sure to let us know if YOU hope Zac wins the award for Best Shirtless Performance at the MTV Movie Awards!
Thinking about filming a shirtless scene in an upcoming movie, like the entire cast of “Neighbors” had to do? Then luckily, star Zac Efron has one hot tip for you.
“It’s kind of embarrassing, but you do push-ups before a shirtless scene,” Efron told MTV News as part of the MTV Movie Awards Takeover.
We’ve previously covered the big news that Efron doffs anti-trou (that’s a shirt, by the way) in way more of the upcoming comedy “Neighbors” than you might expect. Still, what works for Efron might not work for everyone. Take, for example, co-star Seth Rogen.
“That literally never occurred to me until I was working with Zac,” Rogen said on the pushup tip. “I saw him doing it, I was like, ‘Wooooow!’ That’s what guys do! I do pushups before a scene, I’m just really tired and sweaty.”
So while Rogen may not be heading to the MTV Movie Awards to accept his win for Best Shirtless Performance anytime soon, Efron has already been nominated once, for his top-off turn in “That Awkward Moment.”
Even though Efron has abs for weeks, he’s got some stiff competition in the God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth. Back on March 7 Efron threw down whatever a gauntlet is for torso muscles (chest-plate, maybe?) with the following tweet:
If I beat Thor- I'm accepting the award shirtless on stage. #movieawards
— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) March 8, 2014
Though Efron swears he actually likes Hemsworth, and isn’t trying to start a beef, he’ll stick by the tweet.
“So I jokingly tweeted, if I beat him I’ll accept it shirtless,” Efron said. “Now I have to. I’m a man of my word. If I win, I’ll do it.”
Don’t expect Rogen to join him in the audience if Efron does win — at least without doing a few push-ups, first.
Start the summer movie season with the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Conan O’Brien, Sunday, April 13 @ 9/8c! Get ready for the show with exclusive MTV Movie Awards Takeover movie previews. Then, during the 2014 Movie Awards show, watch our All-Access MTV Movie Awards Live Stream on MTV.com.