Zac Efron Hub
YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION
I can't recall how THE PAPERBOY begins exactly though I saw it just a few days ago. Was it a shot of Zac Efron's body gliding through a pool, losing its hard fixed shape through the watery prism. Was it a grisly black and white flashback of a murder? Was it Macy Gray smoking, staring dully just off center of the camera. It doesn't matter though my confusion is telling. Lee Daniel's third movie is a mad undisciplined mix of just these things: eroticized bodies, physical violence and character beats. If the film never settles down, eventually you settle into it.
Macy Gray helps. Her voice is so evocative she doesn't even need to be singing to send you. Director Lee Daniels, wise to the specific gifts of his actresses (the proof is all over Precious), knows this. If he isn't always sure which movie he's delivering (a cold case murder investigation, a death wish character study in multiples, a messy civil rights period drama) he knows how to package it. He acclimates you to The Paperboy's time and place (swampy sixties summer in the south) and agitated horniness via husky Anita (Macy Gray), all wigs and cigarettes and "how much am I getting paid for this?" twitchiness. It doesn't take Anita long before she loses her wariness, lost in the sensationalistic details of the story she's telling.
Which is not so much her story...
Continued, AFTER THE JUMP...
Zac Efron sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to discuss eating Baluts (eggs with half-formed ducks in them), shooting with animals, and spending ninety-percent of a film in his underwear (which is apparently how The Paperboy goes down).
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This week, Zac Efron paid a visit to Sesame Street to teach Elmo about something often in short supply in our world of instant gratification.
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(image from a recent ad campaign for John John denim)
Zac Efron gives an interview to The Advocate in which he talks about his gay following and the roles he'll play in the future:
I’d never take a role just for the sake of playing gay, but I’m always looking for a role that’s challenging, different, and entails some risk, so there’s no doubt in my mind that one of those characters will be gay at some point in the future. It’s always interesting to delve into unexplored territory, and that would be a new avenue for me. I definitely wouldn’t be afraid.
Efron also talks about the Details interview for which he received much praise from our readers when he said, “Honestly, if the worst he can say about me is that I'm gay, then I think I'll be fine. I can handle it.”
Added Efron in reflection: "I don’t like to live in fear about things like rumors and backlash to begin with — that’s the way I was raised — but I just can’t see what’s so wrong about being gay."