Friday, August 15, 2008

What Do You Think?


I try and avoid talking about Zac Efron if at all possible. That being said, his latest dilemma brings up an interesting point. Zac, I guess has not ruled out HSM4 which shows you that his career is not going as great as he would have liked.

As a condition to doing HSM4 he wants $10M. That is one hell of a lot of money for a television film. If Disney coughs up the dough to pay him, is it really worth it?

I think Zac Efron became famous because of the concept of HSM, not because he is any great shakes as an actor. I think that he might be able to get $10M for HSM4, but that if you put him in any other film, he probably would be lucky to get $1M which is what Paris Hilton got for Pledge This.
The other question is whether HSM is like a Law And Order type situation where it doesn't matter who the hell you stick in there, the formula is going to work and thus you can find a new bunch of people and pay them $50,000 each and have them do it for the next few years. By the time they reach their third installment, Zac and Vanessa and Ashley will have moved on to rehab heaven or a career as a columnist with The Advocate, and so would probably be willing to return as teachers or janitors or wherever Disney can find a slot for them.

So, what do you think? Would you pay Zac Efron $10M?

34 comments:

Cali Girl said...

HSM was fun because of the story and the music. Anybody could be the leads. Disney would also be wise to introduce a new/younger cast if they want to keep the franchise alive - the current players are getting too old to be realistic as high school students.

mngddess said...

Zac needs to take what he can get now, drop out of the scene for a year or two, and come back in a more adult role. That's if he wants to save his career..

devildana said...

I would pay Zac 10M to shove a rotting elephant cock in Sienna Miller's ass

Lisa said...

I read elsewhere it was 8 Million. Regardless, he's not worth 1 Million. He always reminds me of David Cassidy, except gayer, or would it be "more gay"?

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Ayesha said...

What do I THINK? I think that kid is a lucky little poofter and he should be on his knees thanking whatever deity or dick-sucking skills got him that gig.

I also think Enty is right about the franchise being about the formula and not the performers.

And Disney *could* afford to pay him 10 mil if they thought he was worth it (he's not) because they make a veritable FORTUNE off all the licensing of that horrendous HSM shit.

not a famous adrian said...

I think if they feel that the return they will reap is worth the $8-&10
million, why not?
Look what Charlie Sheen gets PER EPISODE of 2 1/2 Men, & I have never met ANYONE who watches that.
And if he is gay, which I don't know if I believe, he is not hurting anyone, so I don't think that should be an issue.

Mooshki said...

I dunno, from what I've seen in my internet ramblings the teeny boppers still have very much Zefron love. I think the studio would easily make their money back on him.

MontanaMarriott said...

I would hope he has a licensing deal so he can reap all the rewards for all the HSM merchandise I see everywhere I go.

jax said...

i'd pay him $10 to fuck off.

janine said...

Sure I would. I mean it may work without the main cast, but why mess with a cash cow? That said, I hate HSM. Can't be bothered to type the whole thing out.

Mooshki said...

Oh, dear, Adrian. Shall I say anything? Okay, here goes, I am about to put all the CDAN goodwill I may have built up on the line. I just feel like I owe you all complete honesty. I often watch 2.5 Men. SORRY!!! My rationalizations: #1, I don't have cable right now, and it airs like 6 times a day here, so there often isn't anything better on. #2, I LOVE Melanie Lynskey, Duckie has a bottomless well of love from me, and Berta and their mom are both really funny. #3, okay, brace yourselves, I actually kinda like Charlie. (The character, NOT the person!!!) Do you hate me? (Warning, if you do, my heart will break into a million pieces.)

:)

not a famous adrian said...

Mooshki, Mooshki, Mooshki--we can never hate you. We switch from the Simpsons to Family Guy every night at 7:25, & get the tale end of 2 1/2 Men. (MY son is compulsive on not missing ANY opening dialogue!) I have never watched a full episode, so I can't give my opinion. You are just the 1st person I met who actually said they watched it. I didn't know who the audience was--it's YOU!

I just can't believe how much Charlie Sheen is paid, because he lost his appeal about 20 years ago. At least for me!!
But that was very brave of you to come clean, & now I have even more respect for you!

Mooshki said...

PHEW!!! That was scary.

Ms. said...

two words: Joey Lawrence

Remember when Joey got too big & expensive for his britches?

No one hired him after the show ended and he's the hasbeen of hasbeens.

Lisa said...

HSM 3 is Senior Year, right? Considering he was a junior in #1, it's about time he graduates. Otherwise, he can play the janitor who flunked out of school. You know damn well janitors don't make $10 mil. So sorry! Graduate and get on with your damn life. You can't stay in HS forever. Go star in Frat Boy Musical or something equally challenging.

Mooshki said...

Oh, Lisa, you just gave me a flashback of Screech on "Saved By the Bell: The New Class!"

equinox said...

Mooshki--nice to meet you, I watch 2.5 Men also. This last season was lame but I like the earlier shows.

Zac Efron however needs to take what he can get and be grateful.

A Pimp Named DaveR said...

Remember how popular Zac was before HSM?

Yep... I don't either.

Enty's right. It's the formula, not the star. The Disney machine could take any one of us, put them in HSM4, and have their media/PR people turn us into the hottest thing EVA for the middle school crowd within 6 months.

Now having said that -- it may be cheaper from a big picture standpoint for Disney to pay Zac the $10M instead of spending some undetermined amount of money to build up a new Zac.

Whatever the decision is, it will be a business decision for Disney. I'd advise Zac's people not to get too greedy, because there IS a price at which Disney will walk away. We just don't know what that price is.

Grace said...

That's how Jim Carrey was able to negotiate larger salaries -- on the back of his first successful film, Ace Ventura.

So why not? The producers must be making tons of money off of HM.

nate said...

Ummm...at the risk of being laughed at, did anyone see 'Hairspray'? He was good. I think Zac Efron has talent, but has yet to prove it since he has been pigeon-holed as a Disney money-maker. I agree he needs to be grateful, not greedy because he is disposable. If he wants money AND longevity, he needs to break ties with Disney and start marketing himself differently.

Merlin D. Bear said...

I can honestly say I've never seen it beyond Disney Channel blurbs, but wasn't suprised about #2 after all, the horse was still twitching and we're talking about the Rat here. Hearing that the Rat was greenlighting #3 was kind of a shock but again, it's the Rat and I guess that horse wasn't dead yet; the only bright spot about it was the premise this was their senior year - hence no more HSM.
If so, what's #4 going to be about? Zac trolling for jailbait at the High School? Or will Tootie, Blair, Jo and Natalie be joining him off campus in some sort of a bake shop/coffee house venture? (oh wait, that's been done....but then again, that's never stopped anyone before)

nunaurbiz said...

I am very proud to say that I have never seen one second of HSM (my rhuematism sets in just at the very thought). The title says it all to me. I do know some of the people who are in it, because you can't throw a People magazine without hitting one of them.

Like Lisa, I'm thinking that it's about time these "students" leave the comfy nest of high school and get out into the cruel, real world where the challenge is:

COMMUNITY THEATER!!!

Oh, the horror!

Zac can star as the miserable car salesman by day who spends his nights for months on end at rehearsals for a cheap production of "Music Man" and is rewarded for his efforts by two weekends of performances attended only by close family and friends and perhaps a paragraph in the local grocery tab. When there isn't a play to perform, Zac spends his off hours trying to revive the art of mime (a decision that has gotten him permanently banned from ever living with his parents again).

I might even PAY to see that!!!

shiny_special_one said...

I'd pay Zac all the money I could get my hands on to just go away. Please.

bitchface said...

jax. yes.

<3 <3 <3 <---- a little post love for ya.


hows life treating everyone today?

c17 said...

What is with all the Clay Gaykin lookin' poofters running around? Him and those GG guys....ugh.

I'd pay him 10M to NOT make another HSM - how's that?

Nature Girl said...

SIT DOWN Zac!

jax said...

thank you bitchface..lol. holla for friday!

GoGoLola said...

The Zacster DOES show a startling resemblance to the leader of the Claymates in that photo above.

Hmmmmmm....

featherbell said...

Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh! (wipes eyes)

Sorry, but you're kidding, right?

I mean, Jennifer Aniston only gets about $8 million per, and there's NO WAY Zac-effing-Efron should be making more than THAT well-repected thespian!

No -- wait: I meant Jennifer Lopez.

No -- Jennifer Beals. (Stop me before I get to somebody who can ACT...)

featherbell said...

Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh! (wipes eyes)

Sorry, but you're kidding, right?

I mean, Jennifer Aniston only gets about $8 million per, and there's NO WAY Zac-effing-Efron should be making more than THAT well-repected thespian!

No -- wait: I meant Jennifer Lopez.

No -- Jennifer Beals. (Stop me before I get to somebody who can ACT...)

shakey said...

When they redo Grease, or do it as a series, Zac will play Danny Zuko. He just needs to have that dimple planted in the middle of his chin. He'll get $5ml because it won't stretch him much as an actor.

That is my prediction.

shakey said...

Oh, and btw. Two and a Half Men is fucking HILARIOUS.

someone said...

ZAC EFRON LOOKS LIKE HE HAD A FACELIFT