When Zac Efron burst onto the scene with Disney’s megasmash High School Musical back in 2006, we were sort of suspicious. His 21st century David Cassidy good looks were just a little too perfect. It’s like was created in some kind of teen heartthrob lab, specifically designed to breed cover-boys for Tigerbeat. Case in point? That perfectly mussed hair, those ice blue eyes (not unlike those possessed by fellow Disney star Selena Gomez’s puppy) that sculpted chin…It was too much! Plus he was getting nude pictures sent to him by his smoking hot costar Vanessa Hudgens at the time, so that didn’t help. We’ll admit it: we were hugely jealous of the guy.
But then as the years passed, we started to like him. Like a cool older brother, Zac taught us many things. Like how to unhook a bra with one hand, and the importance of carrying protection on you at all times. Even on the red carpet! Plus we hear he’s a generous tipper, which is always the sign of a good dude. You’re alright, Efron! Today’s Zac’s 25th birthday, so to celebrate we’ve assembled 25 of his hottest looks from over the years. Follow his transformation from squeaky clean High School Music jock to…getting peed on by Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy, and everything in between. Enjoy!
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Nicole Kidman was the guest of honor at a gala put together in tribute of her at the 50th Annual New York Film Festival yesterday. For the occasion, the actress slipped into a red-and-black printed dress and matching red heels — both by one of her favorite go-to designer’s, L’Wren Scott — with a Roger Vivier clutch and a Fred Leighton bracelet. We think the dress is interesting on her and would have been even more so if she had worn contrast shoes with it. But she does, as usual, look pretty flawless and well put-together. This was her second wardrobe change for the day. She was at a press conference for her film The Paperboy earlier, with director Lee Daniels and co-star David Oyelowo, wearing the classic ensemble you see on the right comprising a grey Dior dress, L’Wren Scott heels and an Omega watch. Simple — a tad boring again — but this was a Q&A and she looked as appropriate as need be. The conference was an interesting one too, as it came to light that Kidman refused to use the word “n—” in the film, much to director Daniels’ surprise, which he re-convyed to the audience. Her response, in front of the listening crowd, was slightly curt, but it explained exactly why. She said, “I didn’t feel like it was right for the character. I have a son who’s African American and I just didn’t feel it was right. It wasn’t right.”
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We don’t know why they buried these great cinematic shots of Zac Efron in soaking wet tightie whities in the middle of The Paperboy trailer. Shouldn’t the entire trailer just be a gif of his slow underpants dance with Nicole Kidman? Why we aren’t in control of these decisions, we’ll never know. We could tell you what the people want, Hollywood, if you would just listen!
Questionable editing decisions aside, the trailer does seem to deliver on the sweaty, over-the-top action we were anticipating from Lee Daniels‘ Southern-fried crime drama. There’s also a shot of Efron crawling on the beach in what we have to assume is the scene where Nicole Kidman pees on him to treat a jellyfish sting. We can’t wait to see how that scene makes any narrative sense in what appears to be murder mystery. We also can’t wait to see it because it involves Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman peeing on former teen hearthrob Zac Efron. You know, maybe Hollywood doesn’t need our help after all. It seems like they’re getting at least some aspects of the filmmaking process right. Also right? These screencaps of Zac Efron:
Not counting every second of The Avengers, we have a sneaking suspicion that Nicole Kidman going number one on Zac Efron is going to be our number one movie moment of the summer. See what we did there? According to the film’s director Lee Daniels, however, he almost chickened out and yanked the Oscar-winners’ (non-sexual) golden shower moment out of fear. “I got nervous at the end, after we shot it,” Daniels told GQ. “Right before I sent it off to Cannes, I called Nicole at three in the morning. I said, ‘Nicole, I can’t do it, I’ve gone too far. I can’t put that scene in the movie.'” Man, if Nicole Kidman had a million dollars for every time a nervous Less Daniels called her in the middle of the night to talk about peeing on Zac Efron…oh, wait a minute, she does!
Luckily for us, Kidman wasn’t about to let a little thing like social decorum or sheer grossness stand in the way of cinematic greatness. “‘Lee, you made me pee on Zac Efron, ” Kidman allegedly admonished him. “[I]f you don’t put that in the movie, you’re out of your freakin’ mind. I did it! I did it!'” Of course she did! She’s an Academy Award-winning actress! Kidman had better at least win a Golden Globe for this, is all we’re saying. If not for her commitment, then at least for all the puns!
All of Cannes is abuzz about Nicole Kidman’s amazing performance in Lee Daniels‘ The Paperboy, which screened earlier today. We were already onboard with the flick after Zac Efron said filming sex scenes with Kidman were “the highlight of my life.” But now that the folks at Vulture have spoiled one key crazy part of the movie (which, they say, is full of crazy), we are both eager and apprehensive. Here’s their description: “Nicole Kidman looms over a supine Zac Efron, cries out, ‘If anyone’s gonna pee on him, it’s gonna be me,’ and then squirts an impressive stream of urine onto the High School Musical star’s face and bare chest.”
Sorry, pervs, it is not a weird sex scene that inspires this golden shower, but a jellyfish attack on Zac. And now, all we can picture is the Friends episode, “The One With the Jellyfish.”
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We’re always drawn to the Cannes Film Festival for the glamour it represents. Everyone know that it’s as much about fashion as it it is about films, and everyone pulls out their trump cards for this event. Sartorial smarty Nicole Kidman may just have out-matched all the fashion mavens with her ace at The Paperboy photocall, earlier today. The actress appeared in a sublimely simple blood-orange Antonio Berardi shift (the photo on the left), which is so classic and elegant that it hurts our teeth. Paired with deep maroon kitten heels, minimal makeup which showed off her radiant skin and her strawberry-blond hair, Nicole has just climbed to the top of our best-dressed list.
What’s so hilarious is that her co-stars, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron — who are no slouches in the wardrobe department, either — look like they can’t believe their eyes. We’re not too surprised that the Zefron looks blown away. We already know how much Zac enjoyed filming his sex scenes with Nicole for the movie. This is a second style win for her in a row at Cannes. The cast met up yesterday as well to talk to Le Grand Journal about the film. They also had dinner together, with Kidman’s husband, Keith Urban, later on the beach, as you can see in the photograph on the right. Nicole wowed in a cream, very ladylike L’Wren Scott dress with a maroon belt. Like we said, she’s owning that best-dressed list and we couldn’t be happier.
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From the sound of it, Zac Efron is downright giddy about his sex scenes with Nicole Kidman in the upcoming thriller The Paperboy. After seeing new stills of the movie, so are we. “She’s my love interest… Nicole is so gorgeous. It was everything you dreamed of. She was such a lovely person. I pinch myself everyday, especially after doing love scenes with Nicole Kidman,” Efron gushed to reporters from the AAP. “It was the highlight of my life. Nicole was something else and was always in character. She didn’t get weird method, like some actors do, but I have never seen anyone so centered.” Um, do you all see the bleach-blond Florida hotness that is Kidman in that movie still right there? Just looking at that photo is the highlight of our lives, and yet there’s more!
Collider has 24 new images of the movie, and the each one looks almost as amazing as a Efron/Kidman sex scene looks in our minds. Oh, like you weren’t picturing it too? The photos highlight a greasy-looking Matthew McCounaghey, a paisley-wearing, knife-wielding John Cusack, and the fact everyone is covered in a thin layer of swamp sweat and sex oils. As it should be. That’s just our opinion, though. What do you think about the film’s sex scenes, Nicole?