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Do You Think Zac Efron Can Make the Transition From Teen Star to Serious Actor?

As Zac Efron gears up for next week's release of 17 Again, he's been doing lots of interviews and talking about his career. He told USA Today, "I'm definitely not the best actor in the world at this point. But hopefully, with time and effort and smart decisions, that will change." Zac's already working on his image by dropping out of Footloose and talking about admiring Leonardo's career — do you think Zac can make the transition from teen star to serious actor?

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jaan_black jaan_black 8 years
yeah, exactly....he has the potential but he's gotta dirty it up a little for a role...he needs something like "The Basketball Diaries" or something
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
i agree with everyone who said he needs a dramatic role to be taken seriously...a military one is a good call 17 again isn't going to cut it for respect in this industry
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
He definitely has talent, so I look forward to seeing him mature through films in the future!
little2obsesedwu little2obsesedwu 8 years
I think he will always be remembered as HSM, but if he tried and din;t do anymore teen movies, he could make it.
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 8 years
I think he can do it! Sure he needs a hair cut but if you look back to roles before HSM like Miracle Run, the talent is there.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
He doesn't even ACT!
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
Zac Efron is an actor? hahahaha. it really annoys me when those teeny boppers try to branch out of their already successful career. don't get me wrong; I cannot stand Zac Efron. but it's not his fault that he's so annoying. I say take what you can get, cement yourself in the business and financially, and take risks on the side. oh, and hire an acting coach. seriously...
daise daise 8 years
Agree with your last comment pinkmystic - he needs a drastic makeover, at least for a short while for a role or something - as for the bangs, I think they suit him - he has quite a 'pretty face' though, kinda like chris pine-ish
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
oh it'll be so cool if he did a war movie and he shaved his hair into a buzz cut. :) Maybe then people would take him seriously
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
He can't be Leo. Leo has a different type of personality that goes along with the movie roles he chooses. You can't force yourself to be something your not.. at least, not yet. But he should definitely distance himself from high school roles, or he'll be stuck there.
SpeakLike-aChild SpeakLike-aChild 8 years
Maybe. I guess it depends on which roles he chooses and if he can pull them off. I like that he's not famous for partying or going to rehab, but the "I didn't want to be famous" quote is a cliche. I get that fame must have its bad side, but it also gives actors the chance to choose the projects they like instead of just taking certain jobs to pay the bills.
marseilles-rose marseilles-rose 8 years
Well I like the type of movies he does already. I just can't picture him as an actor in like a drama or something I would'nt find it believable.
Beautiful-Price Beautiful-Price 8 years
He's too obsessed with being a certain type of actor. It's like he obsesses about Leo's career. Leo was lucky. He took some roles here and there but due to his impeccable talent - he's made a name for himself. Zac has to love his craft and choose roles that are right for him. He can't just take every drama role out there and expect to win an Oscar. It seems like that's what he's aiming for.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I can't take him seriously until he changes his hair. You know there is something wrong if your hair is featured in a "man bangs" show...on TLC last summer...don't ask me why I watched it...
care0531 care0531 8 years
It's not like every teen actor dies off and never has a successful future in acting. Look at Drew Barrymore-she has been doing it her whole life. Anything is possible and I would be curious to see if he can pull it off. Time will tell.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
since i'm not really a fan, i would say no, but i'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and i'll say maybe
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Gonna have to repeat other comments - if he gets rid of the hair, maybe. And the teen angst displayed in that terrible Funny or Die vid.
orangeflowers orangeflowers 8 years
I think he has potential but he needs to get a serious role first..
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
I think he actually might have what it takes!
Amesabelle Amesabelle 8 years
Not with that hair.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
Agree with the hair comments!
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
i also was thinking no one will take him serious with that hair.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I like him. I think he's a descent actor, and he can only get better (if he keeps his head screwed on) I saw 17 Again today, better than I expected :)
Aurora-87 Aurora-87 8 years
Maybe. He is not the greatest actor but he's not terrible.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
cut, if he cut his hair.
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