Zac Efron worries about being typecast in movies and hopes to alter people’s views of him as an actor.
He felt self-conscious when Dwayne Johnson joined him for a weight training session on the set of the Baywatch movie.
The 28-year-old stars as surf lifesaver Matt Brody in the upcoming action comedy directed by Seth Gordon, based on the hit television series of the same name.
Zac, who hit the gym to get in peak physical condition for the scenes in which he appears shirtless, recalled a time when he and former professional wrestler Dwayne, who plays Mitch Buchannon, did some weight lifting to kill time in between takes – a display which quickly drew in many spectators.
“Like the genes just clicked and made this guy,” said Zac of Dwayne’s impressive physique to Men’s Fitness magazine. “Here we are lifting weights on the beach, surrounded by a bunch of people watching. It was one of the most ridiculously narcissistic moments of my life.”
However, Zac never wanted to look too muscly for the role and his fitness goal for Baywatch was to be “fast and light”.
Accordingly, he has been working with a trainer and focusing on having a low carb diet and eating mainly organic foods.
“I want to be lean,” he explained. “When I put on a T-shirt, I don’t want people to go, ‘Oh, that guy’s a body builder.'”
Zac, who was launched to stardom 2006 via Disney’s High School Musical franchise, still worries about being typecast and admits many people hold misconceptions about his ability as a serious actor. He admits even his Bad Neighbours co-star Seth Rogen wasn’t that keen on working with him initially due to his musical past.
“The only way people really get me is if they meet me,” he said. “Until that happens, I don’t think they have their heart set on me for any role. Afterward, maybe they take me more seriously.”
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