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Zac Efron: Free From 'Footloose'

Zac Efron: Free From 'Footloose'

Zac Efron works out a simple tee and jeans at a photocall for 17 Again on Tuesday (March 24) at Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, France. The film opens everywhere on April 17.

The 21-year-old actor recently dropped out of Footloose, the upcoming remake of the 1984 musical. “Footloose is a project we’ve longed to see re-booted for a new generation. While Zac is no longer attached, we remain excited and committed to the collective brain trust of [director] Kenny Ortega, [producers] Neil Meron and Craig Zaden, who will reinvigorate the franchise,” a Paramount Pictures rep told Us Weekly Monday. “Their fresh take on the film will undoubtedly be filled with the same kind of breakout performances that we’ve come to expect from them.”

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Credit: Eliot Press, WENN; Photos: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty, Bauergriffinonline
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  • Andy

    Could’ve worn a clean shirt…

  • Chard


  • Baby v

    So sad… he’s an amazing dancer. :(

  • bedi

    I think this is the best decision he’s made. Footloose was just a bad idea. Now he can focus on other stuff and get some true credibility.

  • Vitor – sp – Brasil

    Olá, sou do Brasil. Existem varias roupas do Zac Efron, que vocês poderiam informar qual é a marca. Zac usa muito Calvin Klein?

  • inbar

    i’m happy he don’t do this eventually but he should resist just in the begining because now it does’nt make him the best name … and poor people who work on it since july but i totally understand why he refused it heard a little bit foolish and pathetic and right now the last thing he should do is another musical he allready have this hairspray and 3 musical movie in just a year or two is too much for the serious actor he is building for, i like he did “17 again” and “me and orson welles” don’t you think? (from the bigesst fan of zac in israel!)

  • sheila

    this kind of thing happens all the time. we just don’t hear about it as much as we hear about things with zac.

  • tena

    I think if zac wants more majure roles this was the best thing for him and i wish him the best for his career and he has a great one ahead of him

  • cocoa

    they should just leave footloose alone. they’re trying to ruin all the classics and they never turn up memorable anyway. good for zac

  • Becky

    Zac looks hot.

  • Fox

    good choice zac! Break out into something other than dancing. Its getting old, but i still love ya!

  • Bradley

    I Think Zac did the right thing. not wanted to do Footlose I believe right know Zac needs to stay away from Musicals. And people need to support him.

  • Athenais

    he’s so cute …
    Zac seems to be shy during the photocall ..

    I love when he has a little barb

    but it’s seems tired, … What do you do of your night Zac ? lol

  • You/Me

    Thank goodness, this was a smart move on his part. It’s just a bad idea ll around to remake Footloose and no matter who is in it the movie will tank, it’s just one of those things. I think it really would have hurt his career. He needs to make an action or drama movie and get out of the teeny bopper phase as quickly as possible before he gets stereo-typed.

  • Karen

    I think there is probably more to it than meets the eye. If this has been in development since late 2007 that is a long time and if something concrete was going to happen then it would have by now. Maybe he had to let go of this to be able to do something else that was being offered to him that was even better. And maybe there were things that Zac was beginning to see that just wasn’t ever going to be worked out. And if worthwhile work was being offered to him and this was kind of standing in his way he had no other choice. I think he really wanted to do it but he has been waiting a long time for it. Maybe he started seeing it was better for him at this time to move on with something else before doing another musical. Maybe it will turn up later, who knows?

    Pierce Brosnan was offered James Bond and really wanted to do it just as many fans wanted him to do it but he was tied up with Remington Steele which he could not get out of. Another 007 movie was made with Timothy Dalton and it looked like Pierce missed out on a big deal. BUT lo and behold Pierce got another chance and the rest is history as they say. But maybe what is down the road for Zac is better than Footloose could ever be too, we don’t know that at this time.

  • Malia

    I don’t think Zac had “signed on the dotted line” yet. These comments are from an interview he did in Australia when they were promoting HSM3:

    Efron’s next project is almost certain to be a remake of the 1984 film Footloose, to be directed by Ortega. But he’s not signing on the dotted line just yet.

    According to Variety, the young actor is holding out for a mid-seven-figure salary and script approval.

    “There’s a lot of wrong ways to do this movie,” says Efron. “It’s a matter of finding the right balance. Until we find it, I can’t fully …” He pauses. Stuck for words. “… I can’t finish that sentence,” he says abruptly.

    The conversation has already moved on to the next topic when he backtracks. “Commit. Until I fully commit.”

    So, I wasn’t surprised that he pulled out. I don’t think the decision was made overnight, either.

  • Jennifer

    He looks so queer posing with those legs like that. WHat is he, mariah carrey?

  • gerard Vandenberg

    (the reason america enjoys the actions of this HOMO-SEXUAL tells us
    why the country is losing it)

  • sheila

    #18 what do your comments even mean? go crawl back into your neanderthal hole.

  • ciara

    What a jerk! He should be glad for all of the offers he gets and not turn them down. Does he really think the world is waiting for him? He’s a mediocre actor at best and it looks like his teeny-bopper fame is finally effecting his big head.

    P.S. OMG! he ain’t no Pierce Brosnan

  • tami

    Ewww! He looks like a little girl in those pictures. However Vanessa would rival him for the flattest chest of the dynamic duo.

  • babybabybaby

    I agree with the people who think this movie should not be remade. They are remaking too many good movies these days and ruining them. Come up with some new ideas Hollywood!

  • megyn

    i’m slightly disappointed by this but i know zac made the right choice for him. however, i’m bias because i’m secretly hoping he turned down footloose in order to work on hairspray 2 ;)

  • V-fan-forever

    I love him and somehow I’m glad he isn’t gonna do Footloose!

  • feebz

    seems his distancing himself from the song and dance repertoires – - esp if he wishes to emulate Leo DiCaprio’s career

    wise moves but will miss seeing him remake that fab movie!

  • dalia

    I’m glad Zac has put musicals behind him. I doubt HS2 will happen with Zac in it, but we shall see.
    He needs to prove his acting chops with more solid roles and not necessarily always in the lead.
    He;s young and seems to have a great team behind him and a strong sense of the business.

  • Bradley

    I support Zac I think it is good idea that Zac wants to move away for musical.

    Zac needs to move on and do other movies besides Musicals

    I can’t wait to see 17 Again and Me And Orson Welles.

  • kami

    yeah!!!!!!!!! if he not doing footloose, then he sure won’t do the cheezzeee hs2. yeah!!!!!!

  • christine x3

    why did he drop out?! :[

  • umm


  • Malia

    Wow!!! Zac is one smart dude.

    “I think the hardest thing about being young and in the business is that a lot of opportunities present themselves and there’s no road map,” Efron told EW in an interview last fall. “A lot of people want to give you their opinion, which can be based on their own personal gain. I’ve made it my priority to follow my gut feeling. You know when something’s cheesy and you know when something’s a sell out movie and you know when a project feels right.”


  • KIKI

    YUM!!! ZAC EFRON IS “Panties Pretty” !! lol

  • nikki


  • Kim

    Why does this guy always insist on wearing such tight, skinny pants that don’t fit him? Seriously, they look like women’s pants. He is a great looking guy & I would love to see him in some men’s clothing for once.

  • Trina

    So glad Zac chose not to do this movie. Wise decision on his part. I always felt the only reason he ever agreed to do it was to please Kenny Ortega.

  • Naomi

    I applaud him for taking what must have been a difficult decision. Everybody and their grandmother knew that another remake of a musical was the wrong move for him at this point in his career. TIME magazine stated publicly that if he wanted to be taken seriously, Footloose was a bad idea. I completely agree with them.

    I’ve always wanted him to pull out of it and I’m happy he did. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for him and I appreciate his dilemma.

    Footloose is being produced by Hairspray producers and directed by HSM director. He was trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea. Upset these people or derail his career. he made the right decision and took back control of his career.

    Borrowing from Malia’s quote (Thanks Malia):

    “A lot of people want to give you their opinion, which can be based on their own personal gain. I’ve made it my priority to follow my gut feeling.”

    Obviously these men though close to Zac, stood to gain from his going on with Footloose even though it was bad for his career.
    Having stood his ground now against the people that helped launch him but want to exploit him, he can stand up against any other producer. I don’t think he’ll be touching any musicals again for a long while.

    I’m happy he’s learnt the important lesson in Hollywood that you’ve got to look out for yourself and your career. No one else would do that, no matter how much they profess to like you and see you succeed.

    He’s now back in the game. Let’s hope we have news of a meaty role soon.


    WHAT? WHY?

  • .

    I’m glad he did this. He needs to stay away from musicals ( the shitfest that will be HS2 especially) and something like footloose which would rely solely on him , with an original that was so loved, was just completely risky. Plus, honestly at least where Kenny Ortega is concerned they seem to have a good relationship, so I’d think he would understand, therefore not much to upset there.

  • Karen

    I really think Kenny Ortega probably wants what is best for Zac. Zac and Kenny have put a lot into this and I’m sure that Kenny may be disappointed but on the other hand, after working with Zac so closely for so long—and he can’t help but know him well—I believe Kenny would tell Zac that he has to do what he feels is the right thing for him and will understand his decision.

    The others may be a little more disappointed but then again, those men have been around the business a long time and know how things work and I’m sure they have seen this happen many times. Considering Zac has always been smart enough to maintain a certain say in things like scripts, etc, it should show these type people that he will not quickly jump into anything without giving it much thought—which should show he just might make these kinds of decisions if he doesn’t feel 100% sure of a project.

  • go sox

    I agree, Naomi. I was hoping he wouldn’t like the script, or find another reason for not doing this. As much as I think Zac would have been the PERFECT lead for this movie, it’s another fluff movie, like HSM, HS, and 17 Again. If he’s trying to prove he’s “grown up” , then this movie would not have been right for the direction he’s so desperately trying to go. I’m sure it was a very tough decision, because of his respect for Ortega, but I agree with Karen that he will understand.

  • Naomi

    Karen and Go sox,
    I actually agree that Kenny would understand.

    I guess I got ticked off when one of the reports said the producers were shocked. I felt like saying to them after I found that they were HS producers,’what are you shocked about?!! Shouldn’t you have been advising him not to do it as it wouldn’t help his career?’

    I had just been frustrated for a while with it and kept wondering what sort of advice he’s receiving from those around him.

    I’m just happy he finally made it. I too hope this will set the tone for the future projects.

  • mykmicks

    Whatever future plans Zac for his career, will wait & see… he has his own Manager to take care of it. What is important he has projects that he able to portray according to his choice.

    He has 2 movies in a row for this year… What else you could ask guys… Get worried if he has no movies at all…Let him rest otherwise he will be too overexpos….

  • Malia
  • Malia

    Review of the book “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud”

  • birdie

    I totally support Zac with this decision. Zac already has two iconic
    characters on film as Troy Bolton and Linc Larkin. His portrayal of
    these two characters will go down in musical film history. I might
    add that I think those two characters should remain as history ,they
    were perfect. As a fan I support him in anything he chooses to do.

  • SouthAfricanGirl ;)

    For those of you who say Zac doesn’t have the talent… ZAC EFRON HAS THE TALENT!!! But at the same time i’m happy that he pulled out because he is being typecasted into one genre and he needs to have one groundbreaking performance that will define him, unlike his girlfriend’s drowning music career…

  • SouthAfricanGirl ;)

    Now I’m sure all the Zac haters will start to think that he thinks he’s too good for muscials or Kenny…

  • Naomi

    Thanks for that, Malia. I would love that for Zac. It sounds like it would be a serious and moving drama, just the thing to showcase his talent and set him up for other serious roles. He waited till he had another offer before exiting Footloose.

    I’m really proud of him for taking this step. Now he and Van are in talks for serious mainstream roles, a romantic drama for him and action/fantasy for her. Hopefully, both will be released next year.

    I love the way, they’re quietly, yet decisively going about building their careers, one good role after another. They have a good head on their shoulders and will be in for the long haul.

  • go sox

    Cheers for that, Naomi. It makes me wonder if the “powers that be” tried to quickly push Zac into Footloose and HS 2, while they could. I’m so happy he stopped to consider that 2 more music-based movies would not be such a good move if he wants to get into serious roles.

  • abigail

    zac look sad…i think he’s missing vanessa…