Zac Efron: 'There's No Way To Fake A Slap'

Zac Efron: 'There's No Way To Fake A Slap'

Zac Efron is all set to premiere his new flick, 17 Again, tomorrow night (April 14) and took a break to talk with all about it. Check out what the 21-year-old actor had to say:

On hosting Saturday Night Live: “I’m so excited to host SNL. It’s been a dream of mine since I was like 10 years old. I mean, improv is pretty much how I got started. They do more sketch comedy but this is how I started. This is what I want to get back to. I think it’s going to be a great week. I can’t wait.”

On getting slapped by all the ladies in the flick: “It was amazing watching everybody have so much fun that night. No, it was funny, it started slow and Tom was very nice about it. He was like, ‘There’s no way to fake a slap. We’re just going to have to go for it’. And he did. He knew how to do it. We had a stunt coordinator that day who was instructing everyone how to slap and he goes, ‘You guys really got to sell it! You have to slap him!’ And I’m sitting there like ‘they’re slapping me, bro!’

On the light-saber fight with costar Tom Lennon: “Yes [it was fun]. I hit Tom [in the head]. There were a couple injuries, but I hit Tom pretty hard one day and I just thank God it was during rehearsals with the rehearsal light sabers because if we had been filming a real take, we’d use real light sabers. I’m pretty sure he would have had less face right now.”

17 Again hits theaters THIS Friday!

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  • zanessa forever

    Poor Zac! XD

  • Zac Efron fan and supporter

    Omg I can’t wait for Friday. I am so going to see 17 again two times. I am a huge Zac Efron fan. I saw him on SNL he did amazing job. Zac Efron will become a even Bigger movie star.

    I also can’t wait to see Zac in Me And Orson Welles. I will always support Zac Efron.


    awwww hahahaha o cutee!
    I love zanessa!


    I mean So cute :p

  • Megan

    wow, 17 again was an amazing movie, I’ve already seen it 3 times at the cinema.(came out in the uk on Friday!!) it’s hilariously funny, and zac is definately far away from troy Bolton in this, trust me. :) it’s also kinds sad though, I cried at the end :( I would recommend that everyone goes to see it, as you see a new side of zac and it’s a great movie. :D

  • jessie

    OMG Zac you are sooooooooooo damn cute!!!!!!!!!! LOL
    haha guys vanessa will go to the premiere of 17again in LA!!!!!!!!!!!
    OMG i can’t wait to see themmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  • jessie

    OMG you have already watched it.
    you cried…then i’m sure i will cry too, i almost cry everyday :/
    anyway…duh, i live in Hong Kong, i can’t watch watch it till 30/4
    i can’t waiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!!

  • nicki

    damn i wanna see that movie NOW … but i have to wait im from germany :(

  • GInger

    He is AMAZING.

  • http://jjj miley

    he is really gorgeous! can’t wait to see the movie! and btw SNL was really amazing and funny!

  • athena

    Wish I was going to the Preview they’re having in NYC.

  • Bradley

    athena there is no premiere in NY. The 17 again premiere is In LA.
    Zac was great SNL, I am going to see this movie on Friday.

  • sarah


    um why did you cry it wasnt sad really. funny yes, sad no

  • Karen

    I’m so anxious to see the movie. I think I will have to wait until Saturday, however. So, who has a video of Zac on the Today show? I wasn’t able to see it. I saw him on The View and he looked really good. There wasn’t anything really outstanding about the interview but I loved it when Joy reached over and and swiped that one piece of hair out of his face on the left side. LOL You go, Joy, I’ve been wanting to do that so much lately.

  • Ann

    Zac, you did great on SNL. Can’t wait for 17 again to hit my theater.

    I was hoping that you would pick someone worthy to go with you to the premier of 17 again insted of that reject from the garbage dump.

  • zanessa/jashley/ashnessa

    YAY !! Only 4 more days till it’s out here in Canada. Thank god. I can’t wait anymore…hoping for a Zanessa sighting tomorrow !!

    @ Megan, I am SO jealous !! …Is it really sad at the end ? ..No, never mind, I don’t want to know…well I do…but I’ll just spoil myself.

  • pink sugar

    Someone please post ” Zac on the View” on YT.


  • susan

    #15 ANN Well Zac the one who decide whatever he wants to go with him at the premeire17 again in LA none of your business if he takes vanessa with him.Zac said happy to his life now.

  • susan

    wow i watched it already yesterday i can not say anything you have to go in see it good movie doo.

  • athena

    @Bradley: Yeah, Bradley I know. Sometimes or most times, the film studios have private previews/screenings of the movies and sometimes the celebrities make an appearance…I’d been to one before, and if I recall, Meredith Veira (from the Today Show) had mentioned that her daughter was seeing the preview today…in NYC…

  • athena

    @Bradley: Yeah, I plan on seeing it on Friday too…David Letterman tonight, and then back to LA for Ellen and the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

  • Bradley


    Zac will be back in LA Tommor for the Preimere of 17 again In LA. I can’t wait to see pics.

  • nikki

    ZAC IS SSSOOO HOTTT!! i really cant wait!!! im going to the LA premiere!!!!!! aaaahhhh!!!!! i get to see my husband!!!<3<3!!! ZACC EFRONN IS SSOO CUTE!!

  • Bradley


    The David Letterman show is taped. I know that for sure because I have had Friends in NYC who have want to the tapeing.

    I also know that David Letterman show is taped I Believe in the Afternoon or 5:30pm. So Zac is already or has taped David Letterman and him and Vanessa will talke red eye back to La late night.

  • Bradley


    Nikki that is cute news I hope you fun.

  • Amyy

    17 again is amazing!!! Me and my friend went to see it as it’s already out in the uk and it does have some sad bits when in the ‘divorce room’ (sorry to spoil it ;L) but it’s absolutly HILLARIOUS!!!
    loves it ;)

  • pink sugar


    No matter how many times you insult Vanessa, Zac would rather be with her than that roly-poly you are such as fan of.
    NB has accepted that Zac doesn’t want her and moved on
    ( poor Ed Westwick). Why don’t you do the same.

  • http://netlog zanessahasmyheart

    i cant wait for 17 again i get to go see it on thursday yay im going to see it as many times as i can i saw hsm3 like 20 time so im going to try an see 17 again that much


  • jessica

    I’m confused…
    17 Again was released 2 weeks ago in Australia!
    So why is America still waiting?? That makes no sense.
    Oh well. I can say its a hilarious (but sometimes aaaawkward…) movie that you’ll all love.

  • australiannnn

    yea, it came out last week in australia =]

    its awesome.


    but agree with #29.
    does get a bit awkward at some timess.

  • nikki

    zac is just sssooo sexy i can not wait for this movie!!!!! was it good?

  • Zanessa 4eva and vany i love u

    nikki i’m from germany too and so i have to wait ..
    i was first just a vanessa and so of course a zanessa fan too..
    zac himself was good too but,..i don’t know
    but now i’ve seen the trailer to 17 again
    and this is just funny and adoreable..x3
    now i like himself too….

  • zanessafan4ever

    oh ZAC’S SOOOO SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!



  • tenamoore

    I think 17 again will do quit well and he is really going up and please tell him grow up and get on with his career and not jugde every little thing he dose like some people .

  • mrsefron.

    im gonna see 17 again, 17 times.

    im stokeeed:D

  • eileen

    17 Again is a great film and full of laughs, I saw it today, Zac is fantastic, well the whole cast are fantastic. Any Star Wars fan should also watch this.

    We also saw a trailer for Me & Orson Welles which looks equally great so I can’t wait for this film to be released.

  • lAURA

    omg YOU ARE SOOO lucky it dosn’t come out in the USA till friday April 17th and i want 2 go 2 the first show first day but its at 2, 4, 7 then 9:30 i can’t make it 2 2 4 or 7 cuz i have dance so i’m goin 2 the 9:30

>>>>>>> staging1