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Zac Efron attended the “The Paperboy” photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 24, 2012 in Cannes, France.

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Zac Efron attended the “The Paperboy” press conference during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 24, 2012 in Cannes, France. Enjoy watching the video below and viewing images from the press conference!

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Lee Daniels has said that Zac Efron found it hard to keep a straight face while shooting the urination scene in “The Paperboy.”

The director revealed that he prefers to shoot the more difficult scenes in his movies first, explaining that he filmed the notorious scene in which Nicole Kidman pees on Efron to relieve the pain of a jellyfish sting on the third day of shooting.

“The third day of shooting was the p*ss scene,” Daniels told GQ. “If you could have watched Zac’s face… He’s supposed to be passed out and [while Kidman is urinating] he’s just got this smile on his face. I’m like, ‘Zac, pretend like you’re dead!’ And he’s just got this crazy smile on his face. The whole thing’s crazy.”

Daniels admitted that he got cold feet after shooting the scene, revealing that he almost cut it from the film before Kidman convinced him otherwise.

“Right before I sent it off to Cannes, I called Nicole at three in the morning,” he explained. “I said, ‘Nicole, I can’t do it, I’ve gone too far. I can’t put that scene in the movie’. She said, ‘Lee, you made me pee on Zac Efron, if you don’t put that in the movie, you’re out of your freakin’ mind. I did it! I did it!'”

Kidman has described the film as “shocking”, adding that her role as a sexy woman with a taste for men on death row is “raw” and “dangerous”. [Source]

Zac Efron is showing some skin – a lot of it, in fact – in his new film “The Paperboy,” which just debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.

“He was in his underwear half the time,” said singer Macy Gray, who plays a maid and narrates the movie, which also stars Nicole Kidman as what one Cannes reviewer described as “an oversexed Barbie.”

The movie, directed by Lee Daniels (“Precious”), is set in Florida in 1969 amid racial strife. Efron is 20-year-old Jack, the younger brother of a journalist (played by Matthew McConaughey) who has come back to his family’s small town to investigate whether a man was wrongly condemned to death row. Kidman’s character is fixated on the inmate.

In one early scene, Kidman tears off her pantyhose and has an orgasm while visiting the prisoner (played by John Cusack) on death row. Later, her character urinates on Efron on a beach after he is stung by jellyfish.

So, did she have reservations about her character’s overt sexuality?

“Strangely, no,” Kidman told reporters at the film festival. “I think I had to step into a place to play the character where I didn’t step out of it and look at myself, so it wasn’t hard to shoot.”

“I’d been looking as an actor for something raw and something dangerous,” she added.

Efron, 24, agreed that the movie stretched him as an actor.

“As much as I love everything I’ve done, this is a new frontier for me,” he said at the press conference. “It’s incredibly fulfilling. It’s a dream. Hopefully, I can keep doing things like this.”

As Gray mentioned, his character spends a good part of the film in white underwear – with his muscles prominently on display.

“I don’t think I was supposed to feel comfortable,” he explained of the revealing shoot. “It’s like life. This character is supposed to be learning the ways of the world, and that can be very uncomfortable. But it’s also exciting.” [Source]