Zac Efron Wishes He Was a Bad Boy

The former Disney star wishes he could shake his wholesome image and be "cool" like Shia LaBeouf

Zac Efron is leaving his Disney days behind and moving on to more mature roles -- like his current turn in Charlie St. Cloud. But the High School Musical honey is still having a tough time shaking his G-rated image.

In a new interview with Details magazine, Efron comes off as the boy next door -- and he admits that he sometimes wishes he had the "I don't care" attitude of some of his peers, like Transformers star Shia LaBeouf.

"I'm so jealous of that," Efron says of LaBeouf's bad-boy image. "Yeah, that's awesome to not give a sh*t. And Shia still pulls it off. That's so cool. It's just awesome. It just comes easy to some people."

Playing the field might help Efron break free of his nice-guy role, but the actor insists he's happy with his girlfriend of five years, Vanessa Hudgens, and has no desire to sleep around. "I think a lot of guys would enjoy that. But I'm not really like that," he says. Aww!

But are there people who are really complaining that Efron is too nice? Sure. Take Hairspray's director, Adam Shankman, who had to tell the actor that if he really wanted to be convincing as teen idol Link Larkin, he needed to stop grinning so much!

"It's not how I am," Efron says. "Even in my audition I was smiling and happy. Not cool."

Need more proof that Efron is as sweet as he seems? Ask him about pulling out of the Footloose remake, which is being directed by HSM's Kenny Ortega, and you can feel the guilt dripping off him.

"All the things I loved about Footloose I couldn't find in the project," Efron said of his decision to abandon the film. "They just weren't there. I couldn't see myself doing it."
 
After weeks of back and forth phone calls between Efron and Ortega, where the director did his best to try and stir up Efron's excitement about the project, the 22-year-old had to pull the plug.

"I love Kenny with all my heart," he says. "It was literally the hardest phone call I've ever made."

If Efron really is trying to toughen up his image, perhaps visiting a N.Y.C. strip club was all part of the strategy?

Do you think it's better for an actor to be considered a "good guy" or a "bad boy" in Hollywood? Chime in below! 

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