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Zac Efron is officially done being a teen idol, and he chose an unusual rite of passage: being peed on by an Oscar winner. In the '60s-era drama The Paperboy, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday, Efron, 24, gets a "golden shower" from Nicole Kidman, 44. And naturally, it's all that anybody can talk about!
Before we go any further, we should explain that this wasn't one of the movie's highly-publicized sex scenes. The big event happens after Efron's character gets stung by a jellyfish in the ocean. Kidman's character pushes concerned beachgoers out of the way, exclaims, "If anyone's gonna pee on him, it's gonna be me," and relieves his pain by releasing what Vulture describes as "an impressive stream of urine" onto the actor's face and chest. How's that for a mental image?
The film is directed by Lee Daniels, who seems to be pushing the envelope even further than he did with his gritty melodrama Precious. Kidman plays a woman who's sexually obsessed with a death-row inmate, played by John Cusack; Matthew McConaughey and Efron play a reporter and his brother, respectively, who are investigating the inmate's wrongful conviction. In addition to killer jellyfish and public urination, the film boasts some pretty graphic sex -- something that Efron has already boasted about to the press.
"I pinched myself every day, especially after doing love scenes with Nicole Kidman," the actor said last month. "It was the highlight of my life."
Audiences watching The Paperboy also got plenty of time to ogle its leading man -- including a scene where Efron gets caught in a downpour wearing only his underwear. When a Cannes reporter asked if Efron was uncomfortable being "eroticized" in the film, the actor replied, "I don't think it was supposed to be uncomfortable." Director Daniels added that the sexy moments just happened naturally.
"Eroticized? He's good-looking. The camera cannot help but love him," Daniels pointed out. "And I'm gay."
Kidman didn't have any discomfort about her role either, telling the press, "It's my job to give over to something, not to censor it."
The Paperboy will be in theaters in November, sponsored by Depends. (Kidding!)