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Zac Efron bulks up for new role

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 02:11

April 17 - Hearthrob Zac Eftron waved to hundreds of screaming fans at the US premiere of The Lucky One and said he found bulking up for the role a challenge. Sarah Mills reports.

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Zac Efron's left his skinny High School Musical days behind and bulked up for new movie The Lucky One. As popular as ever Efron's fans screamed as he posed for photographers at a screening in LA. He plays a Marine in the new drama - a role he had to gain 17 pounds (7.7 kg) of muscle to play: SOUNDBITE: Zac Efron, actor, saying (English): "It was a challenge, it was great. It was something I always wondered if I could do. I always wondered if I would be able to physically transform like that and this was my first shot at it. And I pulled it off, I think, in the end." Yep. All together phwoar. Not only has this movie got a super buff Mr. Efron in it, it's a love story too. After fighting in Iraq Zac's character Logan returns to search for a beautiful woman he's never met. SOUNDBITE: Zac Efron, actor, saying (English): "It follows a Marine, a guy who's lived a hard life and he's trying to integrate back into the real world, into society. I can only imagine how trivial everything seems after you've been at war. Love could be out of the cards for both of these people, but they fight through and eventually fall in love." Taylor Schilling is the lucky actress who gets to get up close and personal with him. Already hard not to be jealous, she said their love scenes were easy to shoot: SOUNDBITE: Taylor Schilling, actress, saying (English): "It was surprisingly not awkward. We were actually at that point so comfortable with each other and he's such a gentleman, he's so gracious. He was a true leading man. He really took care of me. I felt very safe." See them in action soon, The Lucky One opens in the US this week, and in the UK at the start of May. Sarah Mills, Reuters

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Zac Efron bulks up for new role

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 02:11