Zac Efron: Being A Jerk In ‘Neighbors’ Was ‘Hard’

Zac Efron usually plays the good guy in his movies, but in his latest, “Neighbors” with Seth Rogen, he plays one of the worst people to live next door to – something that was hard for him.

“It comes from a good place, all of the villain acts,” he told Access Hollywood of his character in the new raunchy comedy about a couple with a newborn baby, whose lives are thrown into chaos after a fraternity moves in next to them.

“It was kind of hard for me because in Seth’s movies, you always agree with Seth in my opinion… he’s a voice of reason for our generation, I think that everyone kind of identifies with [him], at least every guy,” the 26-year-old actor, whose Teddy Sanders character terrorizes (comically, of course) the new parents.

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Despite it being difficult, Zac found plenty of joy in the devious role.

“[It] was fun. It was cool, I just had to find a place to really believe in what I was doing, to do it,” he said.

Co-star Dave Franco told Access that Zac easily pulls off the loveable jerk.

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“You like his character throughout because [even though] he does have some a**hole tendencies in the movie…Zac’s genuinely very funny…you can be the biggest a**hole in the world, as long as you’re entertaining, it’s like I’m still on board with that guy,” Dave said of his co-star.

“Neighbors” opens on May 9.

-- Jesse Spero

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