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Can '17 Again' star Zac Efron ever win . . . a Golden Globe?

April 17, 2009 |  1:44 pm

Forget about Oscars. Let's ponder what potential Zac Efron has to win other awards ahead since it looks like his first post-"High School Musical" venture — "17 Again" — is destined to rule the box office this weekend. That means Zac Efron will probably be around for a while.

17 again Zac Efron

Zac Efron has so far won two Teen Choice Awards and a MTV Movie Award, all for being a breakout star, but he's never received a serious bid for acting. (Oh, cruel world!) Not unless you count the SAG ensemble nomination he got for being part of the "Hairspray" cast (they lost to "No Country for Old Men").

Last year, up at the Toronto Film Festival, Zac got great reviews from critics for his brief, serious role in "Me and Orson Welles," but the flick is still in the can without a release date.

"I'm definitely not the best actor in the world at this point," he tells USA Weekend. "But hopefully, with time and effort and smart decisions, that will change."

In its review of "17 Again," USA Today says, "Efron's acting range is limited, he has a genial charm and decent comic timing."

Observes the New York Times: "Although he can hit all the emotional notes in a scene, there is a level of calculation behind his performance and piercing blue eyes, a protective barrier or just self-consciousness that needs dismantling."

Photo: New Line Cinema

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certainly not for this . Awful reviews . He has appeal , but very limited acting skills now . Maybe he'll be his generations Tab Hunter .

I agree more with the NY Times. I don't think it's fair to say this early that his acting range is limited, 17 again does nothing to show what he can do yet.

However, he plays it too safe and is a bit too calculated, not in a bad way but in a 'I'm too scared of failure' way.

He works really hard but sometimes art is not about hardwork alone. It's about creativity which comes when it is not forced. He needs to relax and learn to take risks without guaranteed success.

When I watch him in interviews when he's very relaxed or in candid videos, I see potential in him. He could be an Oscar winner and a great actor, residual talent can be developed. He just needs to stop being so afraid of losing it all and venture out of his comfort zone. It will take time but it's possible.


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