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Hear that tapping sound? That's thousands of teenagers texting their indignation at Zac Efron after he dissed High School Musical to Nylon Guys magazine. Speaking about his new film, Me and Orson Welles, Efron said: "It’s the first time I’ve ever watched a movie [that I’m in] and in the end I’m like, 'OK! I didn’t check my watch once!'"
In the same interview, Efron also downplayed his merchandise-inspiring fame, saying "I try not to look at all of it. You can’t enjoy or celebrate it; it’s not a real thing. The face on the lunchbox and sh*t—you can’t share that with your friends."
While he didn't outright insult the Disney film franchise that made him a star, Efron's fans are still taking umbrage. Reuters points us to Disney Dreaming, "The Ultimate Disney Fan Site," which has a front-page article entitled Zac Efron Disappoints Us Again. Says the writer in an open letter to the star: "We love your movies, and we support all of your roles. And on top of that, we PAY to watch your movies in theater, purchase them on DVD and buy paraphernalia with your face on it. The LEAST you could do is act like you enjoyed those movies too."
Hear that, Zac? You owe the fans to pretend you like everything you do! Or something.
You'd think the fans would have gotten the hint after Efron's press blitz for 17 Again, during which he said he didn't want to sing onscreen anymore and referred to his Disney roles making him "stagnant."
Efron's "serious" new movie, Me and Orson Welles, is a period piece about a teenager in the famed director/actor's 1937 Broadway production of Julius Caesar. Ironically, it's directed by Richard Linklater, who rose to fame with his own "teen movies," Slacker and Dazed and Confused.