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Zac Efron grows up

Hollywood hearthrob Zac Efron says his movie career is at a crossroads, and the former Disney teen idol is tempted more by less pay and hard graft than blockbusters and big bucks.

hollywood Updated: Sep 03, 2012 01:55 IST

Hollywood hearthrob Zac Efron says his movie career is at a crossroads, and the former Disney teen idol is tempted more by less pay and hard graft than blockbusters and big bucks.

The 24-year-old, who became a household name in High School Musical, was in Venice on Friday for the world premiere of his latest flick, At Any Price, set in the cut-throat world of agriculture in which he plays Dean and Dennis Quaid his father Henry. Efron’s appearance on at the gala drew crowds of screaming girls begging for his autograph, and came a few months after he walked the red carpet in Cannes with another small-budget drama The Paperboy.

“All I have, really, is the ability to look back at my elders and the people that I really respect in this industry, the actors that have been here before and really made an impact ... and I put myself in their shoes,” said Efron. “I sort of stand here with, say, two roads in front of me. One (is) the easy path ... towards money and the other one being towards playing more interesting roles that I don’t have all the answers to ... It seems like the choice that I respect more. I’m following my gut here and this is what I want to be doing, you know. I’m hungry for it,” he added. Efron is already being likened to more established actors such as Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise.

Girls gone wild for Zac in venice
Zac Efron didn’t stop girls across the barricade from coming to him, as he posed for pictures with them and signed autographs during the screening of his latest flick, At Any Price, during the ongoing 69th Venice Film Festival on Friday. While he is trying to shed his chocolate boy image, his female fan following is going up.