Could this finally be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year? Twenty years after his first Oscar nomination, the 39-year-old actor is hoping that he may at last win one of Hollywood’s most prized statuettes come Sunday night. Matthew McConaughey has long been the…
But that is just not the case with That Awkward Moment, his latest turn from Focus features which opens on Friday, Jan. 31. The appealing movie is a different kind of romantic comedy told from the male perspective.
Efron, best known for his work on Disney’s High School Musical and the sequels and subsequent movies The Lucky One, 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud, Hairspray, Parkland and The Lorax, has quite a bit to say and has lived quite a big life in his 26 years.
On a bitter cold and snowy winter day at a posh hotel in Manhattan, Efron wore a stylish burgundy short-sleeve Polo shirt and blue jeans. His brown hair was tousled and he munched on some gumdrops that were on a near-by table.
That Awkward Moment is about three longtime buddies grappling with the turning point in every relationship when a couple reaches the point of no return – they can move forward or let go, but as a couple, they will never be the same again.
Unlike most romantic comedies, the story is told from the guys’ point of view, and the guys this time are Jason (Zac Efron), Daniel (Miles Teller), and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan).
In a show of support for Mikey, who is going through an unexpected divorce, they promise one another they will avoid commitment and stay single together. But their plans are derailed when Jason and Daniel unexpectedly fall in love. Zac’s character, Jazon, falls for Imogen Poots, and Daniel falls for Mackenzie Davis – both young women whose careers are on the rise.
Efron both stars in the movie and is an executive producer, and writer/director Tom Gormican has high praise for him. “Zac really trusted the material. He and his colleagues have been great sports and partners in getting this film made. They were ready to do whatever we needed them to do,” the director recently recalled.
ZAC EFRON: The story allows guys to see their side of the situation and it gives girls a new perspective on relationships. And we all get a chance to laugh at ourselves and our friends in the bargain. I thought it was a unique idea.
Overall, why did you decide to make this movie?
ZE: This was actually the first movie that I was a producer on. And I was actually able to help sort of facilitate who was in the film. And I got to meet those guys…so I just felt like I was instrumental in sort of putting it together. So I took a lot of pride, in how this film was made from the ground up. We did have fun. But I think at the end of the day, we’re really just proud of what we did, and proud of everyone. And the best part of it was that Imogen would hold on to me in the cold for warmth! Every time.
How comfortable were you with all your naked stuff going on in this movie?
ZE: I think if there’s a specific reason for it. If there’s motivation behind it. Yeah, if it moves. If it’s authentic. And if it helps the story, and if it’s necessary. Then absolutely. There’s nothing I wouldn’t try, you know?
Are you anything like your raunchy character?
ZE: What I liked the most about Jason is that he’s honest, you know? He tried to be honest. And that’s something that I’ve always believed in from day one in a relationship. Honesty is most important. And it’s difficult. Especially in scenarios like in this movie.
ZE: That’s why I think guys can relate to this movie, because when you’re young and single, and sort of figuring out your own life, as a guy, we walk a careful balance between really being good guys deep down, and caring. And sort of waking up the next day, and feeling sort of guilty for kind of our commitment issues. But at the same time, we have to live our lives. This is the first look really, into what it’s like, I think, to be a guy. Dating sort of at our age, and what it’s like to be out there. And sometimes it takes your best friends to get through it. But my character learns a lesson at the end. That was the good stuff.
So how do you relate to Jason?
ZE: How do I relate to my character? In what way don’t I relate to my character! I love him, I loved him a lot. I feel like he, you know at the core he’s a good person. He’s kind of getting through. And finding love. You know? And that’s really what I’m doing right now in my life. So I can relate to him, I can relate to him a lot. And the story. And I knew that the second I talked to Tom, the first time that we met. And also being there for somebody, when they need you.
ZE: You know; that’s really what friendship is. So I don’t know; those are all things that I’m learning. And I was excited to be a part of this character. And to be on that journey with Jason. It took me there. So, I don’t know, this is one of my favorite things I’ve ever been able to do. And feel blessed.
ZE: Yeah, she found that silver lining in there. And that was what was so cool. [Zac chokes a little on a gumdrop from the table]. But I had some of my favorite scenes with her. I loved them.
Is there anything about a woman that’s a deal breaker for you, that would definitely end a relationship?
ZE: If I know somebody that long where I’m still figuring out who they are, every sort of moment from then until now, is authentic. So there’s no such thing as a deal breaker. You don’t know yet what that person is going through. I’m not a person who lives with deal breakers in my life. But if the deal breaker is that they didn’t show up to a funeral with Imogen, like in the movie, you’ve got your own issues! I think, before then. I think it’s a bad sign!
How stressful is fame, and the effect on relationships with women?
ZE: I think it’s tough to sort of do what we do. As actors, we’re always moving around. And on an adventure. And it has a lot of different twists and turns that we don’t expect.
And I don’t want to commit to being in a relationship that I can’t be 100 percent there for that person. All the time. And you know, I don’t know. So it’s difficult, it’s difficult. But I don’t think there are any rules in sort of real face to face relationships, and interactions. I think just authenticity and being yourself, is always without a doubt, the best plan of action. Things happen differently, when you’re actually there. So you can’t just put out a general guideline that’s going to show up in texts. There are no rules. Just be yourself. And…break all the rules!
ZE: The moment when a guy like my character finds that girl. You know, and there’s just something undeniably different about her. Yeah, that awkward moment. For the first time, you’re frustrated. You’ve never had that feeling before. And you don’t know quite what it is, and you’re caught off guard. Um, that moment of authenticity. That awkward moment of a guy who’s so smooth, and he handles himself so well. And he meets somebody that he can’t; he just has no tricks for. He’s just, for the first time he’s forced to be authentic.
Does anything else come to mind?
ZE: Yes, my most awkward moment was probably this year when I slipped. And hit my face on a fountain in my house. I did slip and hit my face on it. But I guess if you leave your fountain on, and leave your house for a week…Which you’re not supposed to do.
It splashes its water on the floor. So I’m a klutz. Yeah, I slipped and smashed my face on to it. And…it was very awkward! But what’s more awkward, is telling everyone about it! Yeah.
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(PCM) Pitch Perfect actress Anna Kendrick seriously had her hopes up about starring in one of those ridiculously big budget and action packed Super Bowl commercials, however it seems that the beer company that hired her was not able to afford to make it happen.
A new behind-the-scenes video posted online features Kendrick sharing the story behind the Super Bowl commercial that almost was from the company that hired her, New Castle Brown Ale. In the hilarious video clip, the company has a great time poking fun at some of their competitors and other big budget advertisers.
If you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes clip, you can see more at IfWeMadeIt.com