Zac Efron Talks The Iron Claw,... Check out Zac's new interview with The Movie Dweeb! Zac Efron discussed The Iron Claw, comparing the difficulties...
National Board Of Review 2024 Awards... Hi Zac fans! I have now updated the gallery with HQ photos of Zac attending the National Board...
14th Governors Awards Hello Zac fans! Last night, Zac attended the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' 14th Annual Governors...
written by Emily on February 09, 2024

Zac Efron Talks The Iron Claw, Nacho Libre And Bet On It

Check out Zac’s new interview with The Movie Dweeb!

Zac Efron discussed The Iron Claw, comparing the difficulties of learning the wrestling to that of mastering the choreography for his High School Musical number, ‘Bet On It’.

He also spoke about getting tips from his friends and co-stars, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, John Cena and Jack Black, before heading into the ring.

The actor was joined by The Iron Claw’s writer and director, Sean Durkin, who explained how he helped ensure the actors had a strong bond on-screen, and how they overcame the injuries they got.

written by Emily on January 16, 2024

National Board Of Review 2024 Awards Gala

Hi Zac fans! I have now updated the gallery with HQ photos of Zac attending the National Board Of Review 2024 Awards Gala last week. He looked great in Brioni. The Iron Claw was awarded Best Ensemble. Congrats to Zac and everyone involved with the film!! Sorry for the delay in getting these added!

written by Emily on January 10, 2024

14th Governors Awards

Hello Zac fans! Last night, Zac attended the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 14th Annual Governors Awards. It was so great to see Zac out! He looked so handsome in Fendi! You can find photos of Zac from the awards in the gallery, enjoy!!

written by Emily on January 03, 2024

Zac Efron for W Magazine

Zac is featured on the cover of one of W Magazine’s Best Performers Issue!! Check out his interviews below!

W MAGAZINE – It’s been 17 years since Zac Efron first sang, danced, and dribbled his way into the hearts of a generation as the basketball star Troy Bolton in the High School Musical trilogy. That background would prove to be invaluable for his latest athletic turn as the real-life professional wrestler Kevin Von Erich in A24’s The Iron Claw. The film, directed by Sean Durkin and co-starring Harris Dickinson and Jeremy Allen White, follows the remarkable story of the family dynasty famous for their signature “iron claw” move in the ring as well as what would become known as the tragic “Von Erich curse.” To truthfully portray Von Erich, Efron underwent a drastic physical transformation that involved bulking up his muscle weight and donning a feathered ’80s wig that made the now 36-year-old almost unrecognizable. Here, Efron discusses entering the world of pro-wrestling and how the High School Musical soundtrack haunted him on set.

Were you a fan of wrestling before you starred as a pro wrestler in The Iron Claw?

Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to watch wrestling. My parents didn’t like it because my brother and I would then start wrestling. But we snuck it. The Iron Claw is about the Von Erich family. These guys completely changed the world of wrestling.

Did your background in dance help you with wrestling?

Dancing and wrestling are surprisingly similar. There’s a choreographed element to both, and the more you do it, the better you get. Also, just the sense of moving with a partner: Sometimes you lead, and sometimes you’re holding on to the other guy. The learning curve for wrestling is you just go for it. For stuff like climbing up on the ropes and jumping off, you’ve just got to nut up and go for it. There’s no real practicing.

You’re essentially wrestling nearly naked, in a Speedo-like suit. Was that difficult?

It doesn’t leave much to the imagination! I got pretty beat up, but you feel like a warrior. It’s kind of fun.

What was the first acting job that you booked?

I think it was an episode of ER. Maura Tierney, who plays my mom in The Iron Claw, saved me. My character had a bad gunshot wound and was tossed on the sidewalk in front of the hospital. Maura rescued me, and they pulled the bullet out. I’m pretty sure I died.

Where was your first kiss?

In a tree house. We played spin the bottle. It was her birthday, and a bunch of us climbed up to the tree house. There were candles—it was pretty cool.

Who was your cinematic crush?

Tia Carrere from Wayne’s World. I loved her. She just seemed like a rock star.

Were you a theatrical child?

Yeah, as soon as I found music, I was pretty much always singing and dancing to a certain extent, whether it was in community theater, in school, or improv.

Harris Dickinson said he was singing High School Musical songs to you on set all the time.

People like to do that to mess with me. It’s pretty funny. We had a scene where we show up to a party where Stanley, I think, is singing a song. He performed it live, and then they just continued to move on to another song, and it was something from High School Musical. I had to stay in character while that was going on, and everybody else was just losing it. The camera was on me, and I was just trying to stay in character. It put me in Kevin’s shoes a little bit. I felt very uncomfortable.

‘The Iron Claw’ director Sean Durkin is joined by stars of the film Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and Harris Dickinson as he breaks down the scene where the Von Erich brothers legendarily steps into the ring together. Hear them discuss the intricate details that went into production, the rhythm and coordination behind the physicality and even getting WCCW referee James Beard who was very close with the family in real life.

written by Emily on December 15, 2023

Zac on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Zac talks about getting bigger for his movie “The Iron Claw,” the Von Erich wrestling family, getting into the ring for the first time and wrestling in front of 100s of people, the terribly embarrassing thing that happened to him when he was in Peter Pan at 12 years old, getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visiting Los Angeles as a kid, and going home for Christmas.

written by Emily on December 15, 2023

Zac Efron for Variety Magazine

Zac is featured on the cover of Variety with a great photoshoot and interview!

When Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” came out in 2008, Zac Efron was two movies deep into the Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” franchise, in which he played singing, dancing basketball phenom Troy Bolton. He’d been the swoony romantic lead in the movie musical “Hairspray,” opposite John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer, was shortly to play opposite Matthew Perry in “17 Again,” and had pulled his T-shirt up on the cover of Rolling Stone under the headline “The New American Heartthrob.” At 21, Efron might have seemed like the kind of actor who was as likely to watch footage of the moon landing and decide to become an astronaut as he was to take inspiration from Mickey Rourke’s grizzled, broken-down performance.

And yet. “That film impacted me in a really specific way,” he recalls over lunch in Los Angeles. “I was watching it with my dad, and I remember looking at him in that moment, saying, ‘That’s what I want to do. That’s where my heart is.

It was easier for Efron to imagine himself there than for his parents — an electrical engineer and an administrative assistant comfortably raising the new American heartthrob — to understand his passion. “It’s got to be weird,” Efron goes on, “watching your child go through the more challenging route. I know that at times they had to be thinking, ‘He shouldn’t even do this stuff.’”

Efron had, to that point, made it through the maelstrom of Disney stardom, maintaining an image of squeaky-clean ambition even as his peers, from Shia LaBeouf to Lindsay Lohan, stumbled in the glare of a hot spotlight. Lanky and laconic, Efron was, above all, low-key — so much so that the tabloid coverage, inevitable for a star of his magnitude, focused primarily on his relationship with “High School Musical” co-star Vanessa Hudgens. (The pair confirmed their breakup in 2010.) The pressures of Hollywood took their toll eventually — Efron entered rehab for substance abuse in 2013, at age 25 — but his early days are remembered first for Troy Bolton, a tweenage dream of the ultimate nice guy.

The challenging journey Efron has taken to escape that character and image has lasted 15 years. That time has held a fair amount of movies, and a fair amount of living — but he got there. In “The Iron Claw,” the new film by Sean Durkin, Efron delivers a performance whose ambition will surprise you. It’s a movie-star turn as a character whose tragedy is that he can’t use charisma to bypass his problems. Durkin compares Efron to Robert De Niro in “The Deer Hunter,” calling him a “quiet leader”; and to Burt Lancaster in “The Swimmer,” “because he’s in a Speedo the whole time.”

He’s kidding, kind of — but Efron’s physicality is central to this work. With his hair cut into a Prince Valiant bowl cut, Efron has transformed himself into a Marvel-esque specimen. He’s playing Kevin Von Erich, a pro wrestler living through the deaths of each of his brothers in sequence. The real-life Von Erich was one of a family of grapplers on the 1980s circuit who were stalked by a series of fatal mishaps; on-screen, their father, played by Holt McCallany, forces them forward with a grim refusal to acknowledge their feelings, even as they mourn brother after brother. Men, they’re told, don’t cry — and so all of those feelings are converted into athleticism, or bottled away until they burst. Through it all, Efron battles with ever-increasing savagery in the ring, trying desperately to keep a lid on his feelings. His body is equipped to fight and to win; it also is visual evidence of the kind of choking masculinity Kevin forces himself to inhabit.

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Presented by T-Mobile: To celebrate the release of The Iron Claw, we had the cast — Zac Efron, Harris Dickinson, and Jeremy Allen White — come over to play with puppies! They talked about their real-life wrestling ambitions, the injuries they sustained while filming, the “three things” Zac can cook, and, of course, their iconic wigs from the film. Watch the video to see all the fun and hilarity now!

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