- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: Zac's back in new age-inversion comedy '17 Again'
- Date: 27th March 2009
- Summary: EFRON BEING INTERVIEWED (SOUNDBITE) (English) ZAC EFRON, ON NO LONGER BEING PART OF "FOOTLOOSE" AND TAKING ON MORE MATURE ROLES, SAYING: "It's nothing against musicals, I hope I can be involved in musicals in the future. It's just, I'm looking for a new challenge right now."
- Embargoed: 11th April 2009 13:00
- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
- Reuters ID: LVA7U5ECI7SZB9X8494766UG7BH6
- Story Text: Teenage heartthrob Zac Efron says he has the 'best fans in the world'.
American actor and singer Zac Efron was met by a throng of screaming fans at London's Leicester Square Thursday (March 26) night.
The 21-year-old was promoting his latest film "17 Again", and was in awe at his extraordinary welcome.
"I can't believe that these girls show up to support these films and it's just a dream come true. I've got the best fans in the world. They show up, every movie, and they're excited. I don't know, it's a good place to be I think," Efron said.
The film is a comedy about a 37-year-old man who gets a second chance at life, when he becomes 17 again. Mike O'Donnell decides to go back to high school in an attempt to correct his mistakes and rewrite his now-miserable existence.
When asked if he himself would follow in his character's footsteps, Efron replied:
"I think that no matter how big a mistake I made in life, I still ended up here today. So, I'm pretty happy with the way everything turned out."
Efron is definitely riding high on success with the entire "High School Musical" franchise under his belt and even more films in the pipeline.
But earlier this week, the actor reportedly pulled out of his starring role in the remake of the musical-film "Footloose" -- in what is seen as an effort to steer his career to a different direction.
At the premiere, the star explained his reasons.
"It's nothing against musicals, I hope I can be involved in musicals in the future. It's just, I'm looking for a new challenge right now," he said.
"17 Again" also stars Matthew Perry as the older O'Donnell, Leslie Mann as his wife Scarlet, and Michelle Trachtenberg as the couple's teenage daughter.
The film opens in cinemas across the UK on April 10th.
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