Zac Efron, the sweet baby you fell in love with in High School Musical, is all grown up now and full of blind, indiscriminate rage. On the promotional tour for his upcoming film Neighbors 2, the veiny 28-year-old has been saying a lot of aggressive things to make you go, Hmmm. Dude is jacked up.
The following statements come from Zac’s interviews with Elle and Men’s Fitness; we have not been able to independently verify the shark bit.
Zac Efron on how he feels right now:
“Right now I’m probably the physically strongest I’ve ever felt. Not in terms of bench press or how much I can squat, but in how quickly I could get out of this room and destroy everything in my path. If the zombie apocalypse happened right now, I’d definitely be able to defend myself.”
Zac Efron on his experience with a shark:
“I was in Hawaii recently, and I went shark diving with some researchers. I came face to face with a shark. I could either turn and try to beat the shark to the boat, or I could look it in the eyes and let it know I’m present and I’m not afraid. It went right past me, and I put my hand out and I actually rode the shark for 10 or 15 seconds. After that it came back and it swam under my legs and I just kind of touched it from the nose all the way to the tail. The researchers said that’s a sign of respect. It goes back to that Bruce Lee quote, ‘Be like water … If you pour water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.’”
Zac Efron on life:
“I want to attack life.”
Zac Efron on chemicals:
“I am a firm believer in not eating chemicals.”
Zac Efron on himself:
“I step back and look at myself and I still want to kick that guy’s ass sometimes. Like, fuck that guy. He’s done some kind of cool things with some cool people—he did that one thing [Neighbors] that was funny—but, I mean, he’s still just that fucking kid from [High School Musical].”
Zac Efron is so angry he wants to beat himself up.