Seth Rogen purposely gained weight to go shirtless next to Zac Efron

Seth Rogen

Here are some photos of Seth Rogen and Zac Efron at the Neighbors premiere. This film will probably do huge business because most of Seth’s films do well. Zac will coast along for the ride, and this movie will increase his post-Disney profile. Zac plays a fratboy who lives next door to Seth’s character, who is married with a brand new baby. Many of us have had a neighbor like Zac’s character. You know, that guy who throws loud parties and enjoys a front yard full of toilet-papered trees.

Seth has been doing a lot of interviews about this new movie. Zac pretended to have a role in the new Star Wars film until the official announcement proved differently (ouch). I dig Seth — he is a man of outspoken opinions and steadfast convictions — even though he has questionable judgment in friends. He’s nearly BFF with James Franco. Seth has also decided that Zac is a really great guy. Seth told People, “I was expecting to not like him very much when I first met him. The first time I met him I assumed he’d be a little f—er. He’s a sweet, nice guy … He was just so nice, cool and very self-aware and self-effacing and endearing, and all those things that make someone hard to hate.

And so we begin the whitewashing of Zac Efron. Zac flashed his abs at the MTV movie awards, and everyone forgot about that little Skid Row incident. That’s how things go in Hollywood. What is interesting is that Seth has been raving to Variety about how “really funny” Zac is and how “he actually exceeded our expectations. Seth also said he purposely gained more pounds for his Neighbors role. He wanted to the stress “the juxtaposition” between his dad role and Zac’s fratboy role. That admission on Seth’s part is refreshing, but does anyone else think Seth’s judgment of Zac’s talent may have been warped by smoking a few bowls with Zac? I feel bad even asking the question.

Here’s Seth’s newly released audition tape for Freaks and Geeks. He looks so young!

Zac Efron

Zac Efron

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  1. minime says:

    “Freaks and Geeks” was such a cool show and discovered a lot of talents (OK, also brought Franco to us, so that’s the down point)!! Need to re-watch it ASAP!

  2. Penny says:

    I’ve never heard anyone who’s worked with Zac say anything negative about him, and it’s not like he’s pulling Bieber or Lohan style shenanigans. He appears to be struggling with addiction, but that doesn’t mean he can’t also be everything Rogen says he is.

    • launicaangelina says:

      Excellent comment and thank you for adding it.

      • springingforward says:

        Thank you, Penny. I am rooting for Zac. Genuine and self-deprecating is how he is constantly described by people who know or work with him. I will go see this movie just in support of him.

    • evasmom says:

      I totally agree with you. He seems professional and very self-effacing. He does seem to be dealing with some demons but that doesn’t mean he is not all that Seth says he is.

    • Zara says:

      I agree. He comes across as someone who after one drink probably can’t say no and goes down hill from there. But you are right everyone always says nice things about him. He comes across as nice and I wish him well. He was on Graham Norton the other week and was sipping tea. Usually the guests on there have drinks (Norton was having wine) but Matt LeBlanc and Seth were having non-alcoholic drinks. At one point Norton ended up talking about how LeBlanc thinks people in UK drink a lot. Zac Efron looked quite anxious and on the edge. I felt awkward for him. I like him and I hope he gets well soon!

      • hunter says:

        I fell in love with him from 17 Again with Matthew Perry. I also don’t see why he can’t be all these things and also have a substance problem, the two aren’t mutually exclusive at all.

    • Mouse says:

      Well said. Just because he has addiction issues doesn’t mean he’s not a good guy. I actually think he’s a good actor and hope he gets everything sorted out

    • Adrien says:

      He has some nice indie cred. Sure he still does films like Awkward Moment and stuff like that but he is willing to do smaller roles for independent, low budget films.

    • I have such a crush on him. Brown hair and blue eyes forever.

    • ernie says:

      I agree. I think people are really rooting for him to get it together and are happy for his success. By all accounts, he seems like a nice guy. I hope he pulls through.

    • Stormsmama says:

      That is such a great point!

      It is entirely possible that Zac is humble and kind and great to work with. It’s also possible he sabotages himself via his addiction but is trying desperately to reign it in. I hope he does.

    • lucy2 says:

      Good comment and I agree as well. I’ve never heard any Lohan like stories about him delaying filming, stealing things, driving recklessly, despite his struggles. He seem like a good guy going through a bad time. I hope he’s able to get better.

  3. maybeiamcrazy says:

    Neighbors is getting amazing reviews. And people who have seen it say that Zac is really good in it. I am excited for this movie.
    Seth’s wife is gorgeous.

  4. Kimmy says:

    I think this movie looks hilarious. It reminds me so much of college. Our frat houses were in neighborhoods just like that! I love Seth!!

    Also, I agree with the others. I’ve never heard any thing about Zac being unprofessional on set. Hope he gets better.

  5. ek says:

    I watched the Graham Norton show last week and zac was so awkward throughout and didn’t really try to contribute to the conversation, graham really tried to prompt him into telling some story that he must of said he would tell in the pre interview, but he was so awkward and mumbling. You would think he would of got by now you can’t just sit there and look pretty on these talk shows, you have to try and develop some sort of humour or personality, the mouse must of given him a lobotomy along with Britney. A two for one special.

    • magpie says:

      I think his problems are pretty heavy and he must have been out of it during the interview.

      Of course this doesn’t mean he’s a “bad guy” but I think his addiction is getting in the way of his work. He’s been so accident prone lately and that must make directors nervous.

    • Tatjana says:

      I saw the show and he looked completely fine to me.

    • Nina W says:

      Just becaue someone can act doesn’t mean they are good at interviews. I don’t know if he can act, I’ve never seen any of his work, but plenty of actors give crap interviews even to the delightful Graham Norton.

  6. Etrain says:

    I’m sorry, but Zac’s pants look and fit just like a pair of stirrup leggings I sported in the third grade. Minus the Benetton rugby shirt, rag socks, and hair scrunchy. Yucky.

  7. Andrea says:

    I can’t wait for this movie! I love Zac and I wish him success! He is addicted to drugs that doesn’t make him a bad person! I like Seth even more for saying such nice things about his co-star. I hope this movie is HUGE this summer!