Zac Efron will ‘never go back’ to his Baywatch abs

Zac Efron has insisted he will “never go back” to the shape he was in for the Baywatch movie.The 32-year-old chronicled his intense diet and fitness regime on social media in 2016, which helped him to perfect his shredded figure for the 2017 action com…

Zac Efron has insisted he will “never go back” to the shape he was in for the Baywatch movie.

The 32-year-old chronicled his intense diet and fitness regime on social media in 2016, which helped him to perfect his shredded figure for the 2017 action comedy, also starring Dwayne Johnson and Priyanka Chopra.

But during a recent episode of Sean Evans’s YouTube show Hot Ones, in which guests eat spicy chicken wings while answering quick-fire questions, Zac revealed his true feelings about getting into incredible shape with celebrity trainer Patrick Murphy.

Zac eradicated carbs and sugar from his diet and upped his protein intake, and with the help of Patrick, he managed to reach a five per cent body fat level in just 12 weeks.

And while training for the movie was a “really important time”, he said it made him realise that he’s had enough of trying to get the perfect six-pack.

“I never want to be in that good of shape again. It was so hard,” Zac confessed, noting that at the time, he began to worry about topics such as water retention. “You begin to worry about water under your skin, which makes your six-pack into a four-pack… s**t like that. It’s just stupid, it’s not real. I’m happy (the training) worked, I may do it again if it was something worthwhile… but, I don’t need it. I’m good.

“Take care of your heart, take care of your brain… all good.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the High School Musical star discussed his YouTube workout and interview show Gym Time, in which he trains with a variety of famous faces.

“When I get to meet, or hang out with, anyone who’s an inspiration to me, through whatever their art or craft is, that’s really fun. And if they wanna train with me… unreal,” Zac gushed of his guests.

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Kendall Jenner to develop series about ‘twin brother’ Kirby Jenner

Kendall Jenner is to executive produce a new series about her “twin brother” Kirby Jenner.The model will develop a show centring on a parody Instagram account in which the fictitious social media personality named Kirby is digitally inserted into her i…

Kendall Jenner is to executive produce a new series about her “twin brother” Kirby Jenner.

The model will develop a show centring on a parody Instagram account in which the fictitious social media personality named Kirby is digitally inserted into her images.

Kendall has signed up her mum, Kris Jenner, to co-produce the series, which will air on new streaming platform Quibi.

“I’m thrilled that Quibi viewers will get an inside look at the life of my twin brother and he’ll finally have the opportunity to shine in this series,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star said in a tongue-in-cheek statement.

The short-term small screen venture, titled Kirby Jenner, will be developed by The Babysitter director McG, Howie Mandel, and Ryan Seacrest.

Meanwhile, Kirby has also taken to Instagram to share his excitement over the news.

“Umm I guess I have my own @quibi show now?? We’re gonna call it ‘Kirby Jenner’ cause it’s easy for me to remember and mom said, ‘It’s fine.’ #KirbyOnQuibi #ComingSoon,” he wrote.

Kendall, 24, has long followed Kirby’s Instagram account, which currently boasts 1.2 million fans. Previously, the performance artist has received Webby and Shorty Awards nominations in the social humour, best photography, and parody accounts categories.

It is not known when the show will begin airing, but Quibi is set to officially launch on 6 April 2020.

Alexander Wang, Cara Delevingne, Zac Efron, and Joe Jonas are also working on projects for the short-form mobile video platform.

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Zac Efron replacing Seth Rogen in King of the Jungle film

Zac Efron is set to replace Seth Rogen in upcoming comedy drama King of the Jungle.According to editors at Deadline, the 32-year-old will now star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s film about the technology magnate John McAfee, the creator of the McAfe…

Zac Efron is set to replace Seth Rogen in upcoming comedy drama King of the Jungle.

According to editors at Deadline, the 32-year-old will now star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s film about the technology magnate John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software.

Award-winning screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will pen the script, which is based on an article by Wired journalist Joshua Davis.

Efron will play Wired reporter Ari Furman, who accepts an assignment to interview McAfee – with the businessman having cashed in his fortune and left civilisation to live in the depths of the Belize jungle.

But once Furman arrives, he discovers a compound similar to that of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now and is pulled into McAfee’s web of paranoia and murder.

Rogen was initially signed up to play Furman, with Michael Keaton set to play McAfee, however, the project has since moved in a different direction and both roles are being recast.

Principal photography will begin in early 2020, once Ficarra and Requa find an actor to play the eccentric McAfee.

Keaton reportedly quit the project after signing up to star alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, and Mark Rylance in Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7.

Meanwhile, Efron is set to star as Fred in the live-action movie Scoob!, based on the hit 1970s TV show Scooby-Doo, following his turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Netflix’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

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Joe Berlinger didn’t cast Zac Efron as Ted Bundy for a ‘stunt’

Director Joe Berlinger has insisted that he didn’t cast Zac Efron as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as a “stunt”.The 17 Again actor, who is known for movies like High School Musical, Hairspray, and…

Director Joe Berlinger has insisted that he didn’t cast Zac Efron as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as a “stunt”.

The 17 Again actor, who is known for movies like High School Musical, Hairspray, and The Greatest Showman, hit headlines when it was announced he was taking a more serious turn in his career by playing Bundy, who murdered and assaulted dozens of women and girls during the 1970s.

Now, Berlinger has defended his decision to cast the heartthrob as the infamous criminal.

“It’s a kind of cliche where you take someone who was seen as a teen idol and you put him a dark role,” he explained to reporters at the film’s premiere. “Now if he didn’t have the acting chops you could say that it was a stunt, but he has amazing acting skills and he did such a fantastic job. To anyone who says, ‘Oh that’s a stunt,’ I say to them, go watch the movie and tell me what you think of his performance.”

Berlinger, who also directed the Netflix documentary series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, wanted to cast someone who would appeal to the younger generation, and make them see how Bundy was viewed by the American public at the time.

“There’s a certain group of people for whom Zac can do no wrong, because of how he looks, because of how he acts,” the director commented. “That’s the hold Bundy had over people; because he was charming and good-looking he was able to manipulate his victims, he was able to manipulate the American media that made him into a hero… so casting somebody like Zac was the perfect way for me as a documentarian who looks for something real to bring into the movie.”

Accordingly, the filmmaker hopes that young people will watch the movie and learn a lesson.

“We’re arming a new generation with important information that just because somebody looks and acts a certain way doesn’t mean they’re good,” he continued. “I’m very proud to put out a message about the dangers of just liking and trusting somebody because they’re attractive.”

The movie is now available to watch on Netflix worldwide and on Sky Cinema in the U.K.

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Zac Efron signed on to Ted Bundy biopic because of mum’s reaction

Zac Efron was spurred on by his mother’s terror when it came to accepting the role of serial killer Ted Bundy.The 31-year-old actor stars as Bundy in new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which skews the traditional biopic by telling the…

Zac Efron was spurred on by his mother’s terror when it came to accepting the role of serial killer Ted Bundy.

The 31-year-old actor stars as Bundy in new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which skews the traditional biopic by telling the story through the eyes of the killer’s former girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins).

In a chat with British newspaper Metro, Zac revealed that his mother wasn’t entirely happy when she learned of his involvement in Joe Berlinger’s flick, and that’s one of the reasons why he ultimately said yes.

“Well, the look on my mom’s face when I came home after I spoke with Joe about the movie… her name is Starla and she’s my momma and I love her very much – hi Mom! – but she is a very emotional person. She feels things very raw. She almost has this empathic ability,” he shared.

“When I came home, she said, ‘Are there any projects you’re looking at for movies?’ I said, ‘Well, there’s one but it’s a biopic. I’d be playing a real person.’ And she said, ‘Who?’ She was walking into the kitchen and I said, ‘It’s about Ted Bundy,’ and she stopped. I saw her hair stand up and she literally looked back at me with the most terrified look in her eyes. She said, ‘Did you just say, Ted Bundy?’ The terror in her eyes was one of the motivating factors.”

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and had a screening at Tribeca on Thursday (02May19). Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is now also showing in cinemas and on some movie channels and subscription services.

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Lily Collins felt responsibility playing real-life character in Ted Bundy biopic

Lily Collins hopes she does justice to Elizabeth Kloepfer, the then-partner of serial killer Ted Bundy, with her performance in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. In the upcoming biopic, the Mirror Mirror actress plays Elizabeth Kloepfer, who …

Lily Collins hopes she does justice to Elizabeth Kloepfer, the then-partner of serial killer Ted Bundy, with her performance in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

In the upcoming biopic, the Mirror Mirror actress plays Elizabeth Kloepfer, who was in a romantic relationship with Bundy for years, and believed him when he protested his innocence after being accused of assaulting and murdering women across different states in the 1970s.

Elizabeth is still alive, and Lily has now described how meeting her on one occasion had a huge impact on her characterisation.

“I did (feel responsibility), you know, she gave me lots of information… and showed me handwritten love letters that he had written her,” she told reporters at the film’s recent premiere. “Some information, she gave me just for me to know in order to portray her that I was to keep secret forever but some she gave me as inspiration for the film so I wanted to do her justice and also keep things still between us.

“I felt like I had an inside look. There was all sort of things that she told me that I felt was just for me to know so I was toying with that line of being an actress playing a role that not many people knew about and paying homage to the woman and what she told me. It was a gift to be able to communicate with her.”

The biopic is based on Elizabeth’s memoir The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy, which was published in 1981 under the name Elizabeth Kendall, so it is told from her perspective rather being a standard serial killer movie, and this fresh take captured Lily’s attention.

“(The appeal) for me was the idea that Elizabeth Kendall, who I play, is still alive so for me to be able to portray this character and to have her to ask questions and to give her blessing which such a gift and to be a story that the world knows so well and tell it from her perspective is really special,” she said.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron, will be broadcast on Friday (03May19) on Sky Cinema in the U.K. and Netflix in other territories.

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Zac Efron wasn’t interested in glamorising Ted Bundy in new biopic

Zac Efron only agreed to play Ted Bundy in a new biopic because he knew the notorious serial killer wasn’t going to be glamorised. In Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the 17 Again star plays the infamous criminal, who assaulted and murdered…

Zac Efron only agreed to play Ted Bundy in a new biopic because he knew the notorious serial killer wasn’t going to be glamorised.

In Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the 17 Again star plays the infamous criminal, who assaulted and murdered dozens of young women and girls during the 1970s.

Bundy has been portrayed onscreen multiple times, by the likes of Cary Elwes and Mark Harmon, and Zac wasn’t interested in doing another “run-of-the-mill” portrayal, and only signed up for the new biopic because it is told from Bundy’s long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer’s perspective.

“I really wasn’t interested in playing a serial killer, I’m not in the business of glamorising such a horrendous person or his acts, but there is something unique about the way we went into the psyche of Ted, and his long-time girlfriend Liz,” he told reporters at the film’s London premiere this week (begs22Apr19).

“It’s a different perspective and not your run-of-the-mill serial killer cliche, body count gets higher and higher and oh the guy you always knew did it, did it. This is what it was like to be there on the day, we didn’t know if he was innocent or guilty, we just saw Ted Bundy through their eyes.”

Bundy, who was executed in 1989, spent decades insisting he was innocent despite the mounting evidence against him before eventually confessing to committing 30 homicides while on death row, but the figure is thought to be much higher.

The film rarely depicts Bundy’s crimes and instead focuses on his relationship with Liz, played by Lily Collins, who believed his lies for years.

Zac admitted that he found it difficult leaving the evil character behind at the end of each day, saying: “I’ve never played a role in which I really have to separate myself from when I go home at night and it was almost impossible. I’d like to say that I did it successfully but I couldn’t.”

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will be available from 3 May on Sky Cinema in the U.K. and Netflix in other territories.

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Zac Efron tried transcendental meditation to shake off Ted Bundy role

Actor Zac Efron turned to transcendental meditation (TM) to help decompress after struggling to separate himself from his role as serial killer Ted Bundy in his new movie. The Greatest Showman star takes on the controversial role in Extremely Wicked, …

Actor Zac Efron turned to transcendental meditation (TM) to help decompress after struggling to separate himself from his role as serial killer Ted Bundy in his new movie.

The Greatest Showman star takes on the controversial role in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which chronicles Bundy’s crimes from the viewpoint of his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins.

Zac was intrigued to explore Bundy’s violent history after being approached by director Joe Berlinger, but he didn’t realise how tough it would be to shake his onscreen alter ego at the end of each day’s shoot.

He tried to relax with TM, a form of silent mantra meditation, and although it definitely helped, he wasn’t able to completely switch off as Bundy while he remained on location.

“I did breathing and meditation. I think that’s the only way,” he told Entertainment Weekly of how he would wind down after work.

“I really love TM, transcendental meditation. I did TM on the way home. Not while driving, but when you’re shooting a movie, one thing we can afford is a ride home, so on the way home I just do some TM and try to phase out of it.”

“Really, you can’t ever really let go of all of it,” he confessed. “There’s always a little bit of you that knows tomorrow you’re Ted.”

Zac admits his own mother was unsure about the actor taking on the gruesome gig when he first told her about the opportunity.

“It was not a good look, it was a very scared look,” he recalled.

However, Zac assured her the film wouldn’t be “a depiction of evil and atrocities,” and eventually put her “more at ease” when she learned the story would instead be told by Bundy’s live-in lover.

“I find true crime to be extremely interesting…,” he shared. “This is a look into who Ted Bundy was, but not the way that I think would have been the easy way, which was to talk about the murders. It’s really from Liz’s perspective and gets deep into (Bundy’s) psyche and what it was like to lead (two) completely different lives.”

Bundy ultimately confessed to 30 killings in seven states, and he was executed at Florida State Prison in 1989.

Despite the mental toll the role took on Zac, he is proud to have challenged himself with the part, because it’s like nothing he has done before.

“I continue to push myself to try new things and push the envelope with an acting career that I kind of stumbled onto,” he said. “It’s kind of a rite of passage.”

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is set for release on streaming service Netflix on 3 May (19).

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Zac Efron was shocked by ‘charming’ Ted Bundy

Zac Efron turned on the charm to play Ted Bundy in his new film after realising just how charismatic the serial killer was. Efron takes on the controversial role in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile, and admits that his Bundy research suggested…

Zac Efron turned on the charm to play Ted Bundy in his new film after realising just how charismatic the serial killer was.

Efron takes on the controversial role in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile, and admits that his Bundy research suggested Ted was incredibly popular and well-liked – even after he was charged with several gruesome deaths.

“I knew a little bit about him,” The Greatest Showman star tells WENN. “I knew he was a scary dude and I knew that my parents were freaked out when I said I’m thinking about reading a script about him… Then I did a little bit of research.

“(Director) Joe (Berlinger) knows so much about Ted Bundy, so he was my amazing resource. The most interesting and exciting thing for me to contribute to the movie was Ted had this thing about him, this facade, his charm, and the way that he worked with people.

“A lot of people in prison loved him. Cops that knew him seemed to think he was an OK guy. It wasn’t until after he fully admitted to everything that most of the world really believed that Ted was even capable of these things. He pulled the wool over our eyes.”

Bundy is still proving to be popular among women and Netflix bosses have released a statement urging fans who are swooning after watching their newly-released docu-series Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes to look beyond the killer’s looks.

“I’ve seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service (Netflix) – almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers,” the message reads.

The series chronicles conversations with Bundy, who ultimately confessed to 30 killings in seven states.

He was executed at Florida State Prison in 1989.

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Zac Efron and Adriana Lima curate fitness must-haves list for Amazon

Zac Efron and Adriana Lima’s exercise expertise has been called on by Amazon Sports.The actor and model are working with executives at the Internet giant to curate a list of their top fitness essentials ranging from apparel, supplements, equipment, and…

Zac Efron and Adriana Lima’s exercise expertise has been called on by Amazon Sports.

The actor and model are working with executives at the Internet giant to curate a list of their top fitness essentials ranging from apparel, supplements, equipment, and gear.

Zac’s top picks include cast iron kettlebells by AmazonBasics, Vega Sport Premium Protein powder, and Reebok Men’s CL NYLON Classic Sneakers.

Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana, who hung up her wings in 2018, opted for a NutriBullet Balance blender, Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves and BodyBoss’ portable Home Gym 2.0.

Talking to editors at People.com about his workout regime, buff film star Zac revealed he treats training for movies “like it’s an Olympic event”.

“It’s definitely fun because you get to put everything on the line in terms of your work ethic and seeing how far you can push it,” he continued. “It’s a finite period of time, but I would not consider that a healthy or normal way to live everyday life.”

The 31-year-old really put the gym time in for his role as lifeguard Matt Brody in the big screen version of Baywatch in 2017, where he starred opposite muscle man Dwayne Johnson.

He also got extra ripped for 2016’s Dirty Grandpa, but noted that his mood suffers when he has to follow a strict diet.

“My mood was terrible,” the 31-year-old said. “In retrospect, I can look back now and say that. People weren’t telling me I was mean or anything, but I could feel that lack of carbohydrate.”

And while fitness is a big part of his everyday life, even when he doesn’t have a role to prepare for, Zac is much more chilled with no added Hollywood pressure.

“It’s so much better to be off and being free. I love being able to wake up and do whatever I want to do. I’m not indebted to training or I’m not eating a certain thing,” he shared.

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